German-Speaking Emigrés
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Title of the Film MELBA
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English Titles  
Year of Release 1953
Country of Origin UK
Language(s) English
Run Time (in minutes) 112
Length (in meters)  
Colour b/w
Genre Biography, drama, musical
Based on/Source Story by Harry Kurnitz
Production Companies Horizon Films
Producer(s) Sam Spiegel
Director Lewis Milestone
Cast Patrice Munsel, Robert Morley, John McCallum, John Justin, Sybil Thorndike, Theodore Bikel, Martita Hunt, Alec Clunes
Literature Variety, 24 June 1953
New York Times, 25 June 1953
Jewish Chronicle, 28 August 1953
Spectator, 28 August 1953
Times, 31 August 1953
Kinematograph Weekly, 3 September 1953
Punch, 9 September 1953
Picturegoer, 26 September 1953
Monthly Film Bulletin, October 1953
Special notes Art director: Andrej Andrejew
Song "Is this the beginning of love?" by Mischa Spoliansky
"Theodore Bikel, the Jewish artist, sings with power and resonance as Melba's operatic opposite number." (Jewish Chronicle)

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