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Song of My Heart (1947)

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One of the most ambitious productions ever turned out by Monogram studios, Song of My Heart represented the directorial debut of screenwriter Benjamin Glazer. The film unfolds the life story of Peter Ilytich Tschaikovsky, with Swedish actor Frank Sundstrom in the title role. Avoiding the sensualism and sensationalism of Ken Russell's later Tschaikovsky biopic The Music Lovers (wisely, given the censorial limits of 1947), Glazer's film tastefully concentrates on the Russian composer's romantic relationship with his patroness Amalya (Audrey Long). Though he achieves great professional success on the concert stage, Tschaikovsky finds personal happiness and contentment only when he is on the verge of death. The huge cast includes such diverse personalities as Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Mikhail Rasumny, Gale Sherwood, Jimmie Dodd, and even veteran western heavy Lane Chandler. Deemed too good to be released with the Monogram imprimatur, Song of My Heart was handled by the studio's "prestige" division, Allied Artists.

Cast

Frank Sundstrom
as Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Cedric Hardwicke
as Grand Duke
Mikhail Rasumny
as Sergei/Stephan
Gordon B. Clark
as Lt. Julian
Steven Darrell
as Aide in Uniform
Lester Sharpe
as Lubenstein
Scott Elliott
as Lt. Sanderson
Gordon Clark
as Lt. Julian
Jimmie Dodd
as Pvt. Murphy
David Leonard
as Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff
Steve Darrell
as Aide in Uniform
Robert Barron
as Aleksandr Borodin
Elvira Curci
as Housekeeper
Maurice Cass
as Ballet Master
Leonard Mudie
as Conductor
William H. Ruhl
as Cesar Cui
Lane Chandler
as Policeman
Lewis Howard
as Modest Moussorgsky
Stan Johnson
as Capt. Weatherly
Leo Kaye
as Mess Sergeant
Nina Hansen
as Sophia's Mother
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