The Climax (1930)

Genres - Musical, Romance  |   Run Time - 62 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The Climax is based on the 1909 play of the same name by Edward Locke. Kathryn Crawford plays Adela Donitelli, an aspiring singer who is coached to stardom by Italian voice teacher Golfanti (Jean Hersholt), who'd performed the same miracle for Adela's opera-diva mother. Along the way, our heroine falls in love with Golfanti's son Pietro (John Reinhardt), only to toss the boy aside in favor of handsome Dr. Gardoni (LeRoy Mason). When her voice begins failing her, Adela submits to an operation, to be performed by the brilliant Gardoni. Unfortunately, Gardoni's less-talented assistant bungles the operation, rendering the girl voiceless. Feeling responsible for this tragedy, Gardoni marries Adela, but gallantly steps aside when she regains her voice and renews her romance with Pietro. One suspects that this wasn't believable even in 1930 -- or 1909, for that matter.

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conductor [music], disfigurement, doctor/nurse, jealousy, love, love-triangle, opera, revenge