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I love this movie! George Arliss is wonderful in anything he does. I had never heard of him before TCM, which is the case for many other fabulous actors and actresses introduced to me by TCM. Bette Davis is adorable as such a young actress. TCM is THE best!
I love this movie
- Lydia Johnson
I really like this movie. The man who played God. It had true meaning.... A rich man who had the means to help other while helping himself and found his true love without the music......Can you tell me when it will be back on? This movie is rating the highest you got.....Thank you so much...Lydia JohnsonChicago 2011
A Bette Davis movie that moves the spirit
Veteran actor, George Arliss acts out the remarkably moving lead in this movie.He is also responsible for Bette Davis being in it as his co-lead. As a result,this, Bette Davis' 2nd of 9 movies in 1932, became her most signficant at the beginning of her acting career. She didn't forget to mention Mr. Arliss whenever she was asked about her big break-through role. Rightly so too, because Arliss acts his heart out. How he must have impressed a 23 year young budding actress with great skill. In the movie, Arliss acts out the role of the man who is the least likely to become a benevolent soul. Davis acts out the role of his star music pupil who also falls in love with him. I hope TCM with show this movie because it's ever so good.
Break Thru Role for Bette Davis
Master actor George Arliss phoned Bette Davis to ask her to do a screen test for this role. She didn't believe it was him on the phone, at first. The rest is history. The plot goes like this: Monty (Arliss) is the music teacher of Grace (Bette Davis), a much younger women than he. Despite their age disparity, Grace reveals her love for Monty. Shortly thereafter, Monty is involved in an accident that leaves him deaf. He can no longer teach Grace and becomes bitter over his inability. Leave it to his butler to suggest a way for Monty to remain interested in society. He does become like a god to the people he watches from his widow, reading their lips, learning what they need, then giving it to them. The moral of the story is that no one is worthless. The role of Grace turned out to be Bette Davis' big film break thru, thank God (Mr. Arliss).
Launched Bette Davis' Film Career: TCM
When the veteran ator George Arliss asked Bette Davis to consider taking part in this film with him, it was Davis' big break. Arliss plays the lead as Monty, a music teacher. Bette Davis plays Grace, one of his students. Although she's a much younger women than he, she professes her love for him. After Monty experiences a tragedy that renders him unable to keep teaching, Grace is lost as Monty becomes an embittered older man with a disability. The outcome is a fabulous film about the value of every human being. The message from the film is a moral one. I hope TCM will recognize that this is a classic and show it.
EACH PERSON MUST SEE THIS GREAT FILM.
- ROBERT CANTLON
I WAS FASCINATED BY THE ENTIRE REALM OF THIS MOVIE, IM DEVOTED TO BEETE DAVIS ,BUT I WAS SO TAKEN IN BY GEORGE ARLISS PERFORMANCE ,NOW I WISH I COULD OWN IT ON DVD, I HAVE A VHS TAPE I DID AT HOME,BUT ID LOVE TO BUY IT ON DVD ,I THINK EVERYONE NEEDS TO WATCH THIS AT LEAST ONCE IN THERE LIVES ,IT GIVES U ENCOURAGEMENT IN LIFE I FEEL,,,AND HOW TO HELP OTHERS WHEN U THINK YOU HAVE TROUBLES ,ETC,.ONE FIND OUR TROUBLES ARE FEW..GREAT TREASURE OF A FILM TO BE SURE ,
The Man Who Played God to Bette Davis
Veteran actor, George Arliss, stars as beloved music teacher, Monty, to Grace Blair (Bette Davis), a much younger women who's in love with him. A tragedy occurs that leaves Monty deaf. Many people encourage Monty to keep playing, to keep living and to keep his faith. But Monty blames God for the misfortune that ruined his music career. Bette Davis was invited to play this part by George Arliss. She credited him throughout her life for doing so. Playing Monty's protege, Bette Davis has her break through film. This film itself is wonderful. Monty's is the man who is godly to people he watches through binoculars from his window, reading their lips to learn what they need. Then, he gives it to them. The whole spirit of this film is uplifting and the acting is sublime.
Such a well done, moving drama. At first I was morbidly fascinated with the garish appearance of the lead man. (He is obviously heavily made up to look younger), but soon I was drawn into the plot itself.If you're an atheist, you'll think twice after seeing this one. If you're a Christian, you'll be mesmerized.