Broken Lullaby

Broken Lullaby

Lionel Barrymore
Director: Ernst Lubitsch Cast: Lionel Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore
, Nancy Carroll
Nancy Carroll
, Phillips Holmes
Phillips Holmes
Ernst Lubitsch


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Director Ernst Lubitsch gained international acclaim for his sophisticated romantic comedies, but he also had a talent for more serious themes, as evidenced by this 1932 drama. French musician Paul (Phillips Holmes) joined the Army at the height of WWI. On the field of battle, Paul shot and killed his German friend Walter Holderlin (Tom Douglas), another musician enlisted in his country's army. One year after the Armistice, Paul is still haunted by the memory of Walter's death, and he travels to Germany to locate Walter's father, Dr. Holderlin (Lionel Barrymore). Holderlin, his wife (Louise Carter), and Walter's fiancee, Elsa (Nancy Carroll are still shattered by the death of their loved one. Paul informs them of his friendship with their son, but cannot bring himself to unveil his responsibility for Walter's death. The Holderlins welcome Paul in friendship, and gradually, he settles into the household, bringing to both parents a new lease on life. Because of his lingering guilt, he feels tempted to run away, but Elsa discovers the truth about Paul and refuses to let him leave. Meanwhile, the presence of a Frenchman drums up hostilities in the Holderlins' village and the local women gossip continually about the developing relationship between Paul and Elsa. Perhaps because moviegoers completely snubbed The Man I Killed (also released as Broken Lullaby) and turned it into a financial detriment for Paramount, Lubitsch returned to lighter themes after this anti-war drama, and it was the last "serious" picture he would make before his death in 1948.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2015
UPC: 0025192317415
Original Release: 1932
Source: Universal
Time: 1:16:00
Sales rank: 45,494

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lionel Barrymore Dr. Holderlin
Nancy Carroll Elsa
Phillips Holmes Paul
Lucien Littlefield Schultz
ZaSu Pitts Anna
Tom Douglas Walter Holderlin
Frank Sheridan Priest
Louise Carter Frau Holderlin
Tully Marshall Gravedigger
George Bickel Bresslauer
Emma Dunn Frau Muller
Lillian Elliott Frau Bresslauer
Rodney McLennon War Veteran
Torben Meyer Waiter at Inn
Reginald Pasch Fritz's Father
Joan Standing Flower Shop Girl
Marvin Stephens Fritz

Technical Credits
Ernst Lubitsch Director
Hans Dreier Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Victor Milner Cinematographer
Samson Raphaelson Screenwriter
Ernest Vajda Screenwriter

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