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Music in the Air (1934)





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The 1932 Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein Broadway hit Music in the Air was brought to the screen two years later by Fox Studios. Temperamental Bavarian prima donna Frieda (Gloria Swanson) and equally volatile lyricist Bruno (John Boles) spend half their time quarrelling and the other half making love. To arouse each other's jealousy, Frieda and Bruno pair off respectively with music teacher Lessing's (Al Shean) virginal daughter Sieglinde (June Lang) and her schoolmaster fiancee Karl (Douglass Montgomery). The impressionable young couple respond to the attentions heaped upon them until they realize they're being used, whereupon the tables are turned upon the main characters. Though boasting such lilting tunes as "The Song is You" and "I've Told Every Evening Star" and the stylish direction of Joe May (perhaps his best American film), audiences didn't respond to Music in the Air; as a result, star Gloria Swanson vowed for the millionth time to "permanently" retire from pictures, a promise she kept to herself for a whole seven years. Incidentally, one of the screenwriters of Music in the Air was Billy Wilder, who later co-wrote and directed Swanson's 1949 "comeback" feature Sunset Boulevard.


Gloria Swanson
as Frieda Hertefeld
John Boles
as Bruno Mahler
Al Shean
as Dr. Walter Lessing
June Lang
as Seiglinde Lessing
Reginald Owen
as Ernst Weber, Music Publisher
Joseph Cawthorn
as Hans Uppman, Orchestra Conductor
Sara Haden
as Martha
Hobart Bosworth
as Cornelius
Jed Prouty
as Kirschner
Roger Imhof
as Burgomeister
George Chandler
as Assistant Stage Manager
Marjorie Main
as Anna the Maid
Grace Hayle
as Innkeeper's Wife
Torben Meyer
as Pharmacist
Herbert Heywood
as Fire Captain
Christian Rub
as Zipfelhuber
Adolph Dorr
as Bearded Peasant
Perry Ivins
as Radio Engineer
Dave O'Brien
as Montgomery's Voice Double
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Miss [Gloria] Swanson provides comedy and song, wears some interesting clothes, and seems in general to show considerable screen promise.

September 25, 2019 | Full Review…

[Music in the Air] marks the return to the screen of Gloria Swanson in what is surely the most triumphant come-back of the year. Her Hollywood rivals can take one look at this picture and then go home and cry their eyes out.

June 6, 2019 | Full Review…

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