|The Melody Man|
|Directed by||Roy William Neill|
|Produced by||Harry Cohn|
|Written by||Howard J. Green|
|Based on||play The Melody Man|
by Herbert Fields
|Starring||John St. Polis|
William Collier, Jr.
|Edited by||Leonard Wheeler|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
The Melody Man is a 1930 American Pre-Code drama musical film produced and distributed by Columbia Pictures. It was directed by Roy William Neill and starred John St. Polis, Alice Day and William Collier, Jr.. The story is based on a Broadway play by Herbert Fields.
Earl von Kemper is a famous Austrian composer who fled to the United States: in Vienna, during his concert in the presence of the emperor, Kemper surprised his beloved woman locked in a boudoir with Frederick, the crown prince. Mad with jealousy, the musician killed the prince, then fleeing with his daughter.
Fifteen years have passed. Kemper earns his living playing the violin in a New York club with two other musicians. His daughter Elsa meets Al Tyler, a jazz musician. The latter overhears Kemper's rhapsody, the one that had been played at the concert for the emperor; he likes music, arranges it, making it a very successful jazz piece. But the music is recognized by Baden, the Austrian police minister, who then prepares to arrest Kemper. The musician then pretends with his daughter that he has obtained an engagement in Europe, leaving the two young lovers in America.
- Alice Day - Elsa
- William Collier, Jr. - Al Tyler (*billed as Buster Collier)
- Johnnie Walker - Joe Yates
- John St. Polis - Von Kemper
- Mildred Harris - Martha
- Albert Conti - Prince Friedrich
- Anton Vaverka - Franz Josef
- Tenen Holtz - Gustav (uncredited)
- Lee Kohlmar - Adolph (uncredited)
- The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Melody Man
- Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, p.114, c. 1978, American Film Institute.
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