The Melody Lingers On (1935)

64-65 or 85 mins | Melodrama | 9 November 1935

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HISTORY

Preview running times for this film were listed as 85 and 93 minutes. The MPH reviews noted that the film was to be ... More Less

Preview running times for this film were listed as 85 and 93 minutes. The MPH reviews noted that the film was to be cut. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
30 Oct 35
p. 3.
Film Daily
25 Oct 35
p. 2.
Film Daily
31 Oct 35
p. 2.
Film Daily
7 Nov 35
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Aug 35
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Oct 35
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Nov 35
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
14 Oct 35
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald
28 Sep 35
pp. 341-42.
Motion Picture Herald
9 Nov 35
p. 60.
New York Times
7 Nov 35
p. 27.
Variety
13 Nov 35
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
An Edward Small production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Scr and dial
Scr and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
Carmen numbers staged by
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Melody Lingers On by Lowell Brentano (New York, 1934).
SONGS
Selections from the opera Carmen , music by Georges Bizet, libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy.
DETAILS
Release Date:
9 November 1935
Premiere Information:
World premiere in Philadelphia: 31 October 1935
Production Date:
mid July--late August 1935
Copyright Claimant:
Reliance Productions of California
Copyright Date:
26 November 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5948
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64-65 or 85
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1688
SYNOPSIS

In 1917, Carlo Salvini, an opera singer and captain in the Italian army, returns home to participate in a performance of Carmen for a Red Cross benefit. Afterward, Carlo meets Franceska Manzoni and her niece, pianist Ann Prescott. When German troops move closer to the village, Carlo and his fellow soldiers help Franceska, Ann and the other villagers evacuate. Before Carlo can get away, however, the German troops invade and Ann hides him in the attic. During the ensuing months, Ann and Carlo fall in love and marry. Carlo returns to the front line, and later Ann gives birth to their son, whom she names Carlo. Then, Franceska, who was her piano instructor too, dies, and her final wish is for Ann to dedicate young Carlo's life to music. In order to save her baby from the enemy concentration camp, Ann turns him over to the custody of a Dominican convent. After Ann learns that Carlo has died, she returns to the convent, but the Mother Superior informs her she cannot have custody of Carlo without a husband. Desperate, Ann decides to enter the convent as a nun, and is able to ascertain which child is her own. Ann is forced to leave the order, however, when she is caught trying to leave with the baby. Ann returns to her family villa, immerses herself in the piano, and becomes an acclaimed concert pianist. Years later, after hiring an agency to track her son, Ann learns that Carlo was adopted by diplomat Marco Turina and his wife Sylvia. A friend, Groce, helps Ann get invited to a ... +


In 1917, Carlo Salvini, an opera singer and captain in the Italian army, returns home to participate in a performance of Carmen for a Red Cross benefit. Afterward, Carlo meets Franceska Manzoni and her niece, pianist Ann Prescott. When German troops move closer to the village, Carlo and his fellow soldiers help Franceska, Ann and the other villagers evacuate. Before Carlo can get away, however, the German troops invade and Ann hides him in the attic. During the ensuing months, Ann and Carlo fall in love and marry. Carlo returns to the front line, and later Ann gives birth to their son, whom she names Carlo. Then, Franceska, who was her piano instructor too, dies, and her final wish is for Ann to dedicate young Carlo's life to music. In order to save her baby from the enemy concentration camp, Ann turns him over to the custody of a Dominican convent. After Ann learns that Carlo has died, she returns to the convent, but the Mother Superior informs her she cannot have custody of Carlo without a husband. Desperate, Ann decides to enter the convent as a nun, and is able to ascertain which child is her own. Ann is forced to leave the order, however, when she is caught trying to leave with the baby. Ann returns to her family villa, immerses herself in the piano, and becomes an acclaimed concert pianist. Years later, after hiring an agency to track her son, Ann learns that Carlo was adopted by diplomat Marco Turina and his wife Sylvia. A friend, Groce, helps Ann get invited to a party at the Turina home, and there Ann sees Carlo, who is now called Guido Turina and is a young college student. A bond between Guido and Ann develops, and he confides to her that he feels a strange calling to become a musician, although his father plans for him to follow the long line of Turina men and become a diplomat. In order for Ann to continue to see Guido and coerce Marco to allow the boy to sing, she develops a friendship with Marco, but Sylvia misconstrues the relationship, and a desperate Ann is forced to confront her. Ann reveals Guido's parentage to Sylvia so that Sylvia will help the young man fulfill his true destiny. Ann agrees to leave, but receives her life's wish when Guido becomes an opera star. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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