Through the fact that the American representatives of Ricordi, the Milan music publisher who holds the rights to all of the Puccini works, would not permit the utilization of that composer’s score as an accompaniment to the picture, William Axt wrote an entirely original accompaniment, taking his theme numbers from the T.B. Harms catalog.
However, as one views the picture, you cannot help but think in the terms of Rodolphe the tenor, Marcel the baritone, Schaunard the basso, Mimi the soprano and Musette the contralto. And, with that in mind, how could any picturization of an operatic plot be complete without the music that has become all too familiar in connection with the libretto?
The girls are going to go crazy over Jack Gilbert as Rodolphe, the lover, and the boys will like Mimi as played by Lillian Gish, although she gives a rather watered milk characterization.