Symphony of Six Million

Overview

In this misleadingly-titled 1932 medical not musical drama, the resolve of a young surgeon is severely tested. Dr. Felix Klauber Ricardo Cortez, is a selfless Jewish physician who has grown up in the segregated slums of New York City. Through hard work, he becomes a wealthy Park Avenue doctor. He is called to operate on his father, Meyer Klauber Gregory Ratoff, to remove a small tumor. But Dr. Klauber makes a fatal mistake, and his father dies on the operating table. Klauber now becomes plagued by guilt and ...
See more details below
Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (10) from $12.07   
  • New (8) from $12.07   
  • Used (2) from $19.51   
Note: This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. This disc is expected to play back in DVD Video "play only" devices and may not play back in other DVD devices including recorders and PC drives.

Overview

In this misleadingly-titled 1932 medical not musical drama, the resolve of a young surgeon is severely tested. Dr. Felix Klauber Ricardo Cortez, is a selfless Jewish physician who has grown up in the segregated slums of New York City. Through hard work, he becomes a wealthy Park Avenue doctor. He is called to operate on his father, Meyer Klauber Gregory Ratoff, to remove a small tumor. But Dr. Klauber makes a fatal mistake, and his father dies on the operating table. Klauber now becomes plagued by guilt and self-doubt and is afraid to practice his profession. His girlfriend Jessica Irene Dunne urges him to continue. When it turns out that she, too, requires surgery, his love for her and her entreaties compel him to return to perform the delicate operation. This RKO Studios production was based on a novel by Fannie Hurst. ~ Michael Betzold
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Symphony of Six Million is not a great film, but it's a better film than its awful title would suggest. What makes it better? It's certainly not the plot; the bits and pieces of this plot are overly familiar, drawn from here and there and yon, but no matter their source, they're things that viewers will immediately recognize. As a result, it's not difficult to see where the picture is going or to anticipate how the characters are going to act or, often, almost exactly what they are going to say. But Symphony rises above its screenplay a bit due to the atmospheric direction of Gregory La Cava. It's not brilliant direction, but it's careful and precise, and it understands that the atmosphere and the background tension existing in the subtext of the story is what needs to be emphasized. La Cava also makes no attempt to tone down the fact that the characters in this story are Jewish, something unusual for a Hollywood film of the period and something which does make it rather noteworthy. Ricardo Cortez is a bit stiff in the leading role, and that's damaging; Irene Dunne is far from stiff, but she's miscast and not really believable as a ghetto girl. But Gregory Ratoff and Anna Appel are both quite good, and the rest of the supporting cast also delivers solid help.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2011
  • UPC: 883316343388
  • Original Release: 1932
  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,153

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Irene Dunne Jessica
Ricardo Cortez Dr. Felix Klauber
Gregory Ratoff Meyer Klauber
Anna Appel Hannah Klauber
Lita Chevret Birdie Klauber
Noel Madison Magnus Klauber
Helen Freeman Miss Spencer
Oscar Apfel Doctor
Harold Goodwin Intern
Julie Haydon Nurse-Receptionist
Lester Lee Felix as a Boy
Eddie Phillips
John St. Polis Dr. Schifflen
Josephine Whittell Mrs. Gifford
Technical Credits
Gregory La Cava Director
Pandro S. Berman Associate Producer
Carroll Clark Art Director
Archie Marshek Editor
J. Walter Ruben Screenwriter
Bernard Schubert Screenwriter
David O. Selznick Producer
James Seymour Screenwriter
Max Steiner Score Composer
Leo Tover Cinematographer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously