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The Broken Melody

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Academy Award® Nominated Actress Merle Oberon (Wuthering Heights) heads up an all-star cast in the romantic musical drama Broken Melody! Young friends Germaine (Oberon) and Paul (John Gerrick) are two struggling musicians working to make ends meet in the big city. Secretly in love with Paul, Germaine only wants to see him succeed as a musical composer, and suggests that he write pop numbers instead of classical compositions. Paul's new music catches the ear of famous stage actress Simone St. Claire (Margot Grahame), he is quickly swept up into a whirlwind romance with her, leaving poor Germaine behind as he experiences the ups and downs of instant fame. But when the dust finally settles and Paul finds himself at rock bottom, will those who truly care about him still be there? Broken Melody features an all-star cast including Academy Award Nominated Actress Merle Oberon (Wuthering Heights), Margot Grahame (Three Musketeers) and John Garrick (To Catch a Thief)! Digitally Remastered and Fully Restored from the finest film elements! Introduction and film history by Michael Young, Provost of the New York Film Academy. Exclusive interview with world-famous film maker Bertrand Tavernier. The Roan Group legacy began in 1992 with the critically acclaimed laserdisc of the Bela Lugosi masterpiece White Zombie. Troma will carry on this legacy and expand The Roan Group's DVD library that already includes over 60 Westerns, Dramas, Musicals, and classic films of all genres starring John Wayne, James Cagney, and Roy Rogers to name a few. Roan Group is known for their pristine restorations, many are from original film elements. The Roan Group has been featured on Siskel & Ebert, and Leonard Maltin and Entertainment Weekly have praised The Roan Group's restoration quality. Video Watchdog writes that Roan's 'White Zombie proves that a pristine image is still the most important' and Films in Review asserts, 'Cary Roan has done film history a service.'

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  • Actors: John Garrick, Margot Grahame, Merle Oberon, Austin Trevor, Charles Carson
  • Directors: Bernard Vorhaus
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Roan Group/Troma Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 11, 2006
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FCW24K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,375 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Broken Melody" on IMDb

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Excellent British musical drama from 1934. Roan apparantly used a full-length British print of the film which looks quite good. We are quite fortunate they did not use the butchered American version.
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3.5 stars (add the extra half star for lovers of classics). This is a definite film to put on your list, especially to see an early Merle Oberon (lovely as ever). A typical 1930s melodramatic plot, with British rather than American treatment: struggling young composer falls under the charms of a famous opera singer. He goes off with and marries her, leaving behind the girl who secretly loves him (Oberon). Wife two-times husband, husband kills lover and is sentenced to Devil's Island... well, you can fill in the rest (not really giving away anything in the previous summary, since the structure of the film lets the viewer know right away what is going on and pretty much what has happened). Nicely underplayed for the times, especially in view of what Hollywood might have done with it. Give it a try.
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