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Symphony of Six Million

This is a story [by Fannie Hurst] of a brilliant Jewish surgeon who loses his nerve when his family virtually forces him to operate on his father for a brain tumor. The father dies on the table and the boy goes to pieces, vowing he will never touch an instrument again. His faith in himself is restored when he successfully performs a delicate spinal operation on the girl he loves. She has deliberately endangered her own life to force him to action.

With:
Irene Dunne Ricardo Cortez Gregory Ratoff Anna Appel Lita Chevret Noel Madison

This is a story [by Fannie Hurst] of a brilliant Jewish surgeon who loses his nerve when his family virtually forces him to operate on his father for a brain tumor. The father dies on the table and the boy goes to pieces, vowing he will never touch an instrument again. His faith in himself is restored when he successfully performs a delicate spinal operation on the girl he loves. She has deliberately endangered her own life to force him to action.

It is an all-Jewish film which could have stood more attention as to racial contrasts for general appeal. Only now and then do the characters become human, but all have at least one fine moment of sincerity. Gregory Ratoff gets his big chance in the scene of the redemption of the firstborn. Anna Appel, as the mother, gets her scene early in the play when she persuades her son to move uptown to a fashionable practice and wealth.

Ricardo Cortez is generally good as the young surgeon. Irene Dunne is meaningless, appearing but seldom and then always in forced and unreal situations.

Symphony of Six Million

Production: RKO. Director Gregory La Cava; Producer David O. Selznick, Pandro S. Berman; Screenplay Bernard Schubert, J. Walter Ruben, James Seymour; Camera Leo Tover; Editor Archie Marshek; Music Max Steiner; Art Director Carroll Clark

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1932. Running time: 92 MIN.

With: Irene Dunne Ricardo Cortez Gregory Ratoff Anna Appel Lita Chevret Noel Madison

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