The Man Who Played God

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  • TV-G
  • Genre(s): Romance Drama
  • Release year: 1932
  • Running time: 80 min
Just one moment of courage is all it takes. Distraught after losing his hearing, renowned pianist Montgomery Royle teeters on his window ledge, high above Central Park. His manservant saves him, then hands him binoculars to view the world he nearly left. read more
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Just one moment of courage is all it takes. Distraught after losing his hearing, renowned pianist Montgomery Royle teeters on his window ledge, high above Central Park. His manservant saves him, then hands him binoculars to view the world he nearly left. Royle reads the lips of a troubled young couple and realizes other people suffer — and that he has the resources to help them. As Royle, George Arliss reprises one of his best-known silent roles. He personally selected Bette Davis, whose career was stalled, to play his fiancee, more in awe of the older man than in love with him — and thus began her legendary career at Warner Bros. Forever grateful to Arliss, Davis was delighted to reteam with him the next year in The Working Man. Two more cast members also went on to Hollywood fame: a fresh-faced, uncredited Ray Milland as one of the people Royle aids, and soon-to-be gossip columnist Hedda Hopper as a Santa Barbara socialite.

Original Release

02/09/1932

US Release

02/09/1932

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Cast

George Arliss Montgomery Royle
Violet Heming Mildred Miller
Bette Davis Grace Blair
André Luguet The King (as Andre Luguet) / The King
Louise Closser Hale Florence Royle
Donald Cook Harold Van Adam
Ivan F. Simpson Battle (as Ivan Simpson) / Battle
Oscar Apfel Appleby - the Lip Reader
Charles E. Evans The Doctor (as Charles Evans) / The Doctor
Hedda Hopper Mrs. Alice Chittendon
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

John G. Adolfi

Writers

Jules Eckert Goodman, Gouverneur Morris, Julien Josephson, Maude T. Howell

Cast

George Arliss Montgomery Royle
Violet Heming Mildred Miller
Bette Davis Grace Blair
André Luguet The King (as Andre Luguet) / The King
Louise Closser Hale Florence Royle
Donald Cook Harold Van Adam
Ivan F. Simpson Battle (as Ivan Simpson) / Battle
Oscar Apfel Appleby - the Lip Reader
Charles E. Evans The Doctor (as Charles Evans) / The Doctor
Hedda Hopper Mrs. Alice Chittendon
Ray Milland Eddie
Dorothy Libaire Jenny
William Janney First Boy
Fred Howard Man
Murray Kinnell King's Aide
Symona Boniface Woman in Audience
Wade Boteler Detective
Elspeth Dudgeon Would-Be Ticket Buyer
Grace Durkin Kit - First Girl
Helena Phillips Evans Music Fan with Boy

Producers

Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

Editors

William Holmes

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