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The Song of the Flame (1930)

This was a screen version of the 1925 operetta by Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach, Herbert Stohart, and George Gershwin. The story of the movie is about a peasant who is known as "The ... See full summary »

Director:

Alan Crosland

Writers:

Oscar Hammerstein II (book), Otto A. Harbach (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Alexander Gray ... Prince Volodya
Bernice Claire ... Aniuta, The Flame
Noah Beery ... Konstantin
Alice Gentle Alice Gentle ... Natasha
Bert Roach ... Count Boris
Inez Courtney ... Grusha
Shep Camp Shep Camp ... Officer
Ivan Linow ... Konstanin's Pal
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Storyline

This was a screen version of the 1925 operetta by Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach, Herbert Stohart, and George Gershwin. The story of the movie is about a peasant who is known as "The Flame" who leads a revolution in Russia. This peasant who is in love with a Russian prince saves his life by agreeing to sacrifice her virginity to an evil fellow-conspirator. This was an all Technicolor musical which was had a sequence in Vitascope (a Warner Brother's wide screen process). Written by Jason Almeida

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russian revolution | See All (1) »

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Most magnificent screen masterpiece the world has ever known. (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York NY)) 5 May 1930) See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Flama See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Vitaphone (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In a separately filmed trailer, Vitaphone production reel #3530, Bernice Claire appears and tells the audience about the movie. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Life of the Party (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of the Flame
by George Gershwin, Herbert Stothart
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and Otto A. Harbach
Sung by Bernice Clair and chorus (three times)
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Extant sound reels reveal good music/good sound
20 February 2003 | by arneblazeSee all my reviews

The five extant sound discs from this film reveal a very high quality Vitaphone sound - round, warm and clear with good sound effects and a quality reproduction of speaking and singing voices as well as orchestrations. It would seem it fully deserved its Oscar nomination for Best Sound.

Performance-wise Alexander Gray comes off as charming as usual- he made a handful of early talkies and proved himself a charming and handsome man, very much at ease. Sadly both his work in NO NO NANETTE and the pictorial portion of SONG OF THE FLAME is lost.

Bernice Claire in the lead has a babyish voice and poor dramatic ability -she sings well, but does not seem at home in talkies. Noah Beery as the villain is word perfect and pronounces so carefully that he lacks any dramatic vocal flair - an unnatural speaking voice with over careful diction.

The score is a marvelously operatic one. All nine songs are preserved in the sound disc performances. There were four choruses as well, three of traditional Russian folk tunes and one drawn from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.

A delight to the ear - this "lost" operetta of the early days of talkies and film musicals.


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