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The Magic Bow (1946)

Approved | | Biography, Musical, Romance | 25 November 1946 (UK)
Biography of the famous--and notorious--Italian violinist Nicola Paganini.

Director:

Bernard Knowles

Writers:

Norman Ginsbury (additional dialogue), Manuel Komroff (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stewart Granger ... Niccolò Paganini
Phyllis Calvert ... Jeanne de Vermond
Jean Kent ... Bianchi
Dennis Price ... Paul de la Rochelle
Cecil Parker ... Luigi Germi
Felix Aylmer ... Signor Fazzini
Frank Cellier ... Antonio
Marie Lohr ... Countess de Vermond
Henry Edwards ... Count de Vermond
Mary Jerrold Mary Jerrold ... Teresa Paganini
Betty Warren Betty Warren ... Landlady
Anthony Holles Anthony Holles ... Manager
David Horne ... Rizzi
Robert Speaight Robert Speaight ... Cardinal
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Peasant Driver
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Storyline

Biography of the famous--and notorious--Italian violinist Nicola Paganini.

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The entire violin score by YEHUDI MENUHIN See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1946 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Paganini See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

B.A.F. Sound System

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Nicolo Paganini gave a gift of 20,000 francs to French composer Hector Berlioz, who was struggling at the time. Paganini fell at his feet and said that Berlioz was destined to follow in Beethoven's footsteps. Berlioz, in turn, dedicated his next work to Paganini - the choral symphony, "Romeo et Juliette." See more »

Quotes

Nicolo Paganini: Nicolo Paganini play in the street?
Jeanne de Vermond: Oh, at the time there would be nobody about to hear you.
Nicolo Paganini: No one to hear me? Musicians play to be heard, Mademoiselle.
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Connections

Referenced in Ellery Queen: The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Violin Concerto No.1
(uncredited)
Music by Niccolò Paganini
Arranged by Henry Geehl
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Mr. Paganini, Sotto Voce
27 October 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Magic Bow is the alleged story of 19th century violin virtuoso and composer Niccolo Paganini as played by Stewart Granger. Granger looks the part and plays it well, at least what I heard of it.

I'm not sure if it was the film or the VHS copy I saw, but the music score drowned out the players during much of the film. It would have helped to have been a lip reader and then only if the players were facing the camera head on. The great Yehudi Menuhin did the playing for Granger and if this had been one of his concerts that would have been just fine.

After consulting the Wikipedia article on Paganini I found the Magic Bow to be quite a work of fiction. The plot has Granger as the young violin prodigy, seemingly content with his music and mistress Jean Kent who is also a budding singer. But one sight of Phyllis Calvert, a noblewoman quite a bit above him on the social scale and Granger starts losing sight of his career goals. It also doesn't help that French nobleman Dennis Price is also interested in Calvert and he's willing to back his desires up with a sword.

The article contains no mention of Calvert or Price's character, but in real life Paganini and Bianca did have a kid out of wedlock before they broke up. In real life Paganini never married.

I'm reluctant to criticize a film knowing that it could be my bad copy, but if it was the original film with the heavy handed soundtrack, be forewarned.


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