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Cradle song

Author: Mitchell LeisenMarc ConnellyFrank PartosRobert SparksW Franke HarlingAll authors
Publisher: United States : Paramount presents, ©1933.
Edition/Format:   Film : Film   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Spain, a beautiful orphan woman, Joanna, leaves her beloved adopted family to join St. Mary's convent and become a nun. The convent's only contact with the outside world is through the doctor, however, the nuns are strictly forbidden from showing their faces even to him. Having known Joanna before she entered the convent, he sees that years of solemn convent life have quelled some of her spirit. When a baby is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Plays
Features
Drama
Material Type: Film
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Mitchell Leisen; Marc Connelly; Frank Partos; Robert Sparks; W Franke Harling; Charles B Lang; Anne Bauchens; Harry Mills; Dorothea Wieck; Evelyn Venable; Kent Taylor; Guy Standing, Sir; Louise Dresser; Gertrude Michael; Nydia Westman; Gail Patrick; Dick Moore; David Durand; Bonita Granville; Mischa Auer; John Garrett Underhill; Gregorio Martinez Sierra; Maria Martinez Sierra; Paramount Productions.
OCLC Number: 422847116
Notes: Play; feature.
"From the play by G. and M. Martinez Sierra, as translated by John Garrett Underhill."
Bracketed credits from Film daily yearbook, 1934.
"Western Electric Noiseless Recording."
Playing time on release was 76-78 min., according to: AFI catalog, 1931-1940.
Copyright: Paramount Productions, Inc.; 17Nov33; LP4247.
"MPPDA. Passed by the National Board of Review."
Credits: Associate director, Nina Moise. Music by W. Franke Harling; photographed by Charles Lang. [Editor, Ann Bauchens; recording engineer, H.D. Mills].
Performer(s): The players: Dorothea Wieck (Joanna). With Evelyn Venable (Teresa), Kent Taylor (Antonio), Sir Guy Standing (the doctor) and Louise Dresser (the Prioress). Gertrude Michael (Marcella), Nydia Westman (Sagrario), Gail Patrick (Maria Lucia), Georgia Caine (the Vicaress), Dickie Moore (Alberto), Marion Ballou (Ines), Eleanor Wesselhoeft (Mistress of Novices). Diane Sinclair (Christina), Rosita Butler (Sabina), Mischa Auer (village priest), Howard Lang (the Mayor). [Yvonne Pelletier, David Durand, Bonita Granville, Gertrude Norman, R.D. McLean].
Other Titles: Cradle song (Motion picture : 1933)
Responsibility: a Paramount picture ; directed by Mitchell Leisen ; screen play by Marc Connelly ; continuity by Frank Partos and Robert Sparks.

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"In Spain, a beautiful orphan woman, Joanna, leaves her beloved adopted family to join St. Mary's convent and become a nun. The convent's only contact with the outside world is through the doctor, however, the nuns are strictly forbidden from showing their faces even to him. Having known Joanna before she entered the convent, he sees that years of solemn convent life have quelled some of her spirit. When a baby is left in the torno wheel, a rotating door where food is traditionally left, Joanna instantly takes to the child. Although the vicaress is against keeping the baby, the doctor offers to officially adopt the girl, so the convent agrees to raise her. The girl, Teresa, grows under the loving care of Joanna and brings new life to the convent. For her seventeenth birthday, the doctor brings Teresa a beautiful dress from Madrid. Joanna is upset by this intrusion from the outside world and fears losing her 'daughter.' A fellow nun, Marcella, advises her that her love for Teresa has become selfish, but the doctor believes she is simply suffering the trials of motherhood. After Joanna selflessly urges Teresa to explore the world outside the convent, the doctor takes Teresa to see the construction of a train station, where she is smitten with the foreman, Antonio Perez. After courting, Teresa accepts Antonio's marriage proposal and the nuns busy themselves sewing a fashionable wedding gown. Joanna again sacrifices her desire to witness Teresa's wedding so that they may be married before Antonio's mother, who is an invalid and is unable to travel to the convent from Madrid. As they make their sad farewells, the nuns grant Antonio his wish that he may see their faces before he takes Teresa away. After their departure, the nuns return to their life of solemn prayer"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940.

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