Prelude to Fame

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Guy Rolfe is top-billed in the British Prelude to Fame, but the critics' attention was directed at young newcomer Jeremy Spencer. This is the story of a poverty-stricken boy named Guido (Spencer) who turns out to be a musical prodigy. Prodded into fame by a wealthy, childless patroness of the arts (Kathleen Ryan), Guido rises to the uppermost rungs of the musical world -- and loses his childhood in the process. Star Rolfe is cast as John Morrell, the philosophy professor who discovers Guido's genius, only to regret what happens to the boy afterward. Best scene: Jeremy Spencer leading the London Philharmonic without adult assistance. Released in America by Universal-International, Prelude to Fame is based on a story by Aldous Huxley.

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Guy Rolfe
as John Morell
Kathleen Byron
as Signora Bondini
Jeremy Spenser
as Guido Ferugia
Kathleen Ryan
as Catherine Morell
Henry Oscar
as Signor Bondini
John Slater
as Dr. Lorenzo
James Robertson Justice
as Sir Arthur Harold
Robert Rietty
as Giuseppe
Hugo Schuster
as Dr. Freihaus
Michael Crowdson
as Nick's Friend
Don Liddel
as Beniamino
David McCallum Sr.
as Leader of Orchestra
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