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The Man Who Played God(1932)

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The film was released in Britain under the title The Silent Voice because the original title was considered offensive. This was Bette Davis' first role at Warner Bros. In her autobiography, Davis remembers that she was personally chosen by George Arliss to play the role of Grace, although Jack Warner recalls that he sent her to director John G. Adolfi. This film was one of the top moneymaking films of 1932. Modern sources note that Salvatore Santaella played the piano solos for Arliss. Other films based on the same source include a 1915 version entitled The Silent Voice, starring Francis X. Bushman and directed by William J. Bowman (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.4021), and a 1922 version, titled The Man Who Played God and also starring Arliss and directed by Harom Weight (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.3435). Warner Bros. remade the film in 1955 as Sincerely Yours, directed by Gordon Douglas, written by Irving Wallace and starring Liberace as the pianist.