The Magic Bow

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The dazzlingly handsome Stewart Granger is at least physically well cast as the charismatic 18th century violinist Paganini. The fact that the illusion explodes whenever he opens his mouth mattered not at all to Granger's legions of British female fans. Luckily for the screenwriters, Paganini was as celebrated for his many love affairs as for his musical accomplishments, so it wasn't necessary to cook up a romantic plotline from whole cloth. The actual Paganini solos are performed by Yehudi Menuhin, and in this respect (and this respect only) the film is worthwhile. Magic Bow was another guilty pleasure from Gainsborough Productions, England's principal purveyor of bodice-ripping romances. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Stewart Granger
as Nicolo Paganini
Jean Kent
as Bianchi
Marie Lohr
as Countessa de Vermond
Henry Edwards
as Count de Vermand
Betty Warren
as Landlady
Eliot Makeham
as Guiseppe
O.B. Clarence
as Old Gentleman
Dennis Price
as Paul de la Rochelle
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  • The story is merely the vehicle for carrying the magnificent playing of Yehudi Menuhin. Unfortunately, much of the fine music is reduced to very brief excerpts, time and time again a theme being interrupted to fit in with the story.

    Feb 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Magic Bow

  • Dec 16, 2010
    The music is fantastic of course but this is a stately static bore. Granger's wig and makeup are particularly awful making him look less like an 18th century musician than a painted rag doll.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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