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Song of Surrender (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 28 October 1949 (USA)
In 1906 in Connecticut, Elisha Hunt, the 55-year-old curator of a small government museum, marries Abigail, the 19-year-old daughter of a local farmer. In addition to the differences in ... See full summary »

Director:

Mitchell Leisen

Writers:

Ruth McKenney (story), Richard Bransten (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wanda Hendrix ... Abigail Hunt
Claude Rains ... Elisha Hunt
Macdonald Carey ... Bruce Eldridge
Andrea King ... Phyllis Cantwell
Henry Hull ... Deacon Parry
Elizabeth Patterson ... Mrs. Beecham
Art Smith ... Mr. Willis
John Beal ... Dubois
Eva Gabor ... Countess Marina
Dan Tobin ... Clyde Atherton
Nicholas Joy ... General Seckle
Peter Miles ... Simon Beecham
Ray Walker ... Auctioneer
Gigi Perreau ... Faith Beecham
Ray Bennett ... Mr. Beecham
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Storyline

In 1906 in Connecticut, Elisha Hunt, the 55-year-old curator of a small government museum, marries Abigail, the 19-year-old daughter of a local farmer. In addition to the differences in their ages in this May-to-December union, Elizha is a man of culture while Abigail is uneducated. Bruce Edridge, young, handsome and wealthy, comes into her life, and they fall in love. Abigail is now faced with two choices; the chance of wealth versus her present mediocre circumstances, or her love for Bruce versus her loyalty to Elisha. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abigail, Dear Heart See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by MCA ever since. See more »

Quotes

Deacon Parry: It's about Abigail and her doings.
Elisha Hunt: How does that concern you, Deacon?
Deacon Parry: Concerns every God-fearing body in the hollow. Elisha, there's been a shameless heathen a-singing in the valley.
Elisha Hunt: Singing?
Deacon Parry: e-yah, night; kinda wild and foreign like. Disturbing our bible readings. Devilling our young'uns onto more than, ahem, proper courting. Setting the dogs to howling like the fiend was in 'em.
Elisha Hunt: What has this strange music to do with Abigail?
Deacon Parry: She is a-makin' it.On that music box she bought to Abernathy's.
Elisha Hunt: ...
[...]
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Soundtracks

Una furtiva lagrima
from the opera "L'elisir d'amore" (uncredited)
Music by Gaetano Donizetti (uncredited)
Libretto by Felice Romani (uncredited)
from the Enrico Caruso recordings of RCA Victor
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Claude Rains yet again as a tyrant involved with music
24 February 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

An odd film about the power of music: Claude Rains as an elderly curate bullies his much youngar wife, an uneducated girl he treats like serving maid, but she doesn't mind, until another, younger man enters her life. With him follows a grammophone (1906) with records of Caruso, and that changes her life and that of Claude Rains as well. He becomes jealous of the grammophone, but the more resists and battles against the intrusion of music in his life, the more deeply he will eventually succumb to it.

Claude Rains makes an awesome performance as usual, and the others are good enough but pale in his presence, while the greatest asset of the film is the music. It's not only Caruso, but the score is by Victor Young, and you will never forget that melody. It's a very unusual film for actually making music play the lead of both the story and the character of it, and you will eventually forget the story and the characters but not the music.


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