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According to a production directory in the 20 Apr 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for The Climax was 1 Apr 1929.
       Another adaptation of Edward Locke's play was made by Universal in 1944. Also entitled The Climax, that film was directed by George Waggner and starred Boris Karloff and Susanna Foster (see ... More Less

According to a production directory in the 20 Apr 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for The Climax was 1 Apr 1929.
       Another adaptation of Edward Locke's play was made by Universal in 1944. Also entitled The Climax, that film was directed by George Waggner and starred Boris Karloff and Susanna Foster (see entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World
20 Apr 1929
p. 50.
Film Daily
16 Feb 1930.
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Variety
26 Feb 1930
p. 39.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
SOUND
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Climax by Edward Locke (New York, 12 Apr 1909).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"You, My Melody of Love" and "Chalita," words and music by Victor Schertzinger
"Song of the Soul," words by Edward Locke, music by Joseph Breil.
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 January 1930
Production Date:
began 1 April 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
4 January 1930
Copyright Number:
LP978
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 5,013 ft.
Duration(in mins):
62
Length(in feet):
5,846
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Adella Donatelli, a beautiful young Italian girl, aspires to achieve the operatic fame of her mother; and her grandfather, Anton Donatelli, arranges for her to study under Luigi Golfanti, who coached her mother. While studying with Luigi, she and his son, Pietro, fall in love, and Pietro writes a love song for her. Luigi arranges for her to sing for Bellini, an American impresario; but she goes to her grandfather's deathbed, then sings for Bellini who suggests a slight operation to improve her voice. Luigi sacrifices to have the surgery performed, but Dr. Gardoni, jealous of Pietro, sprays her throat with a medicine that causes her to lose her voice entirely. Luigi persuades Pietro to give her up in Gardoni's favor. At the wedding ceremony, Pietro plays on the organ the love song he composed for her; and overcome, Adella regains her voice and breaks into song. Conscience-stricken, Gardoni leaves the ... +


Adella Donatelli, a beautiful young Italian girl, aspires to achieve the operatic fame of her mother; and her grandfather, Anton Donatelli, arranges for her to study under Luigi Golfanti, who coached her mother. While studying with Luigi, she and his son, Pietro, fall in love, and Pietro writes a love song for her. Luigi arranges for her to sing for Bellini, an American impresario; but she goes to her grandfather's deathbed, then sings for Bellini who suggests a slight operation to improve her voice. Luigi sacrifices to have the surgery performed, but Dr. Gardoni, jealous of Pietro, sprays her throat with a medicine that causes her to lose her voice entirely. Luigi persuades Pietro to give her up in Gardoni's favor. At the wedding ceremony, Pietro plays on the organ the love song he composed for her; and overcome, Adella regains her voice and breaks into song. Conscience-stricken, Gardoni leaves the church. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs


Subject

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

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