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The Fountain (1934)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 31 August 1934 (USA)
Set during the first World War in neutral, but pro-German, Holland, Lewis Allison, an interned British officer, is paroled to the castle of Baron Von Leyden and finds living there, but now ... See full summary »

Director:

John Cromwell

Writers:

Samuel Hoffenstein (dialogue), Charles Morgan (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Harding ... Julie von Marwitz
Brian Aherne ... Lewis Allison
Paul Lukas ... Rupert von Narwitz
Jean Hersholt ... Baron Van Leyden
Ralph Forbes ... Ballater
Violet Kemble Cooper ... Baroness Van leyden
Sara Haden ... Susie
Richard Abbott Richard Abbott ... Allard Van Leyden
Barbara Barondess ... Geof's wife
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Geof Van Leyden (as Rudolph Amendt)
Betty Alden ... Allard's wife
Ian Wolfe ... Van Arkel
Douglas Wood Douglas Wood ... de Greve
Frank Reicher ... Doctor
Ferike Boros ... Nurse
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Set during the first World War in neutral, but pro-German, Holland, Lewis Allison, an interned British officer, is paroled to the castle of Baron Von Leyden and finds living there, but now married to German officer Rupert Von Narwitz, his childhood sweetheart Julie. Long discussions between Julie and Allison, centering on family conflicts that kept them apart, take place before the severely wounded Von Narwitz returns to the castle and more long discussions ensue. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fontaine See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Kaiser Wilhelm 'abdicated' on November 9th 1918, seeking exile in Holland. See more »

Soundtracks

(There Was I) Waiting At The Church
(uncredited)
Music by Henry E. Pether
Lyrics by Fred W. Leigh
Whistled by the prisoners
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SUCH a dreary movie!
9 November 2014 | by lge-946-225487See all my reviews

Lord, what a dreary movie they made out of so much good talent! This is a dreary, depressing movie on a dreary subject (she's married to one, loves a different one, so they all talk, talk, talk...).

The mood is somber and dreary. The talk-talk-talk is dreary. The music is absolutely funereal.

One of the main characters was severely wounded in the war (I might say, drearily wounded in the war). His problem is, he has no further will to live. Neither will you, perhaps, once you watch this movie.

And look who they had available. First and foremost, they had Ann Harding, who epitomizes class for me -- cool and elegant in movies like "The Animal Kingdom." They had Brian Aherne -- so likable and amusing in entertaining movies like "Merrily We Live" or "A Night To Remember" or "My Sister Eileen." They had Jean Hersholt, who does the honest, salt-of-the-earth character so well as Dr. Christian, or as the husband in "Emma." They had Paul Lukas, a fine actor who played the German or generic foreigner in so many movies -- more likable than sinister, usually.

And they made of this a dreary 83-minute dirge.


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