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Break of Hearts (1935)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 31 May 1935 (USA)
Franz Roberti is a famous orchestra conductor who has a number of girlfriends. While talking with his old music teacher, Professor Thalma, he meets Constance, an aspiring music composer. ... See full summary »

Director:

Philip Moeller

Writers:

Sarah Y. Mason (screen play), Victor Heerman (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Katharine Hepburn ... Constance Dane Roberti
Charles Boyer ... Franz Roberti
John Beal ... Johnny Lawrence
Jean Hersholt ... Professor Thalma
Sam Hardy ... Marx
Inez Courtney ... Miss Wilson
Helene Millard ... Sylvia DeWitt
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Enrico Pazzini
Susan Fleming ... Elise
Lee Kohlmar Lee Kohlmar ... Schubert
Jean Howard ... Didi Smith-Lennox
Anne Grey ... Lady Phyllis Cameron
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Storyline

Franz Roberti is a famous orchestra conductor who has a number of girlfriends. While talking with his old music teacher, Professor Thalma, he meets Constance, an aspiring music composer. They see each other, fall in love and marry. They honeymoon all over Europe and are happy back home until Constance finds him with a society divorcee and leaves him. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Taglines:

A LOVE STORY THAT WILL BREAK YOUR HEART...and PUT IT TOGETHER AGAIN! (Print ad- Pittsburgh Press, ((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 14 June 1935) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

31 May 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Music Man See more »

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Budget:

$427,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Though neither Katharine Hepbun nor Charles Boyer liked the script of this film, they got along well with each other, remained friends and often talked about making another movie together. But they never did. See more »

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References Moulin Rouge (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 8 in B Minor (The Unfinished)
(1822) (uncredited)
Written by Franz Schubert
Excerpts played as part of the score.
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Now THAT'S interesting casting...
6 May 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Maybe it's just me, but the idea of Charles Boyer playing opposite Katharine Hepburn in a romance is odd...to say the least. Now I am NOT casting any aspersions on their acting--they were both fine actors. But the combination of the two in a film like this just seems strange. Perhaps at the time it didn't--as Hepburn wasn't yet a huge star and hadn't the reputation she'd have just a few years later. But the reddish-haired lady with a refined New England accent and the suave Frenchman--what an unusual combination The film begins with Boyer playing a very famous orchestra conductor and musician. He's a bit of a womanizer, so it's surprising when he meets a young would-be composer (Hepburn) that he'd fall for her so hard that he'd ask her to marry him. They seem deliriously happy and go off on a wonderful honeymoon in Europe. Things couldn't be better for the pair until he decides on a whim to go to a party with an old lady friend. However, when Katharine seems them together, she assumes he's cheating on her and perhaps he was, so she storms off--and is ready for a divorce. Can the two get past this or is their marriage headed for an untimely end? See the film and find out what happens next.

Overall, while the acting is pretty good and a nice looking production, the movie itself is very ordinary...at best. In fact, some parts are a bit embarrassing to watch--it just wasn't written all that well and seemed overdone and unreal--particularly in the second half. A sticky and clichéd soap opera and not a whole lot more. There just wasn't enough interesting material in this film to elevate it anything more than a time-passer. Too bad--with this talent, it should have been a lot better.


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