The Mad Genius

Synopsis: A crippled puppeteer rescues an abused young boy and turns the boy into a great ballet dancer. Complications ensue when, as a young man, the dancer falls in love with a young woman the puppeteer is also in love with.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
Director(s): Michael Curtiz
Production: Warner Bros.
81 min

All my ambitions ..

Will be fulfilled.

I will make him.

The greatest dancer of all time.

Stop! Time.

Wrong, wrong. Do it all over again.

You are out of line. The effect is lost.

Come on.

It is all wrong!

We have to do it all over again.

Just what I would have said.

You've got to watch that there,

with the way you've got those ..

Lines .. all crooked.

Do it all over again. You want to

want to watch that rhythm, too.


Now, bear that in mind.


One .. two ..

I beg your pardon, sir.

Count Renaud is here.

I hope I'm not disturbing you, Tsarakov.

My dear friend, you are far too

rich ever to disturb anybody.

Sit down.

That premier dancer of yours hardly

shares your opinion, I'm afraid.

Every time I come here to the theatre

lately, he watches me like a cat.

You mean Fedor?

Look at him now.

He's stopped dancing.

Why shouldn't he?

It's the end of his number.

That wasn't the case last night.

He stopped right in the

middle of the show.

Oh, he's nervous my friend. You don't

understand the artistic temperament.

If you had seen him ten years ago,

you'd say it was a miracle.

Just a disjointed little bag of bones.


Nothing to recommend him at all ..

But his mad ambition to dance.

I made that ..

Magnificent specimen you see there.

Just as surely as God made this world.

That little girl over there. Nana Carlova.

She's worthwhile.

Hmm. But a little beyond

anyone's reach I'm afraid.

Oh, that reminds me my dear friend.

She .. wishes to return your gift.

Oh. Didn't she like it?

She's not used to getting

such expensive presents.

They frighten her.

Besides, the design

is very crude, my friend.

Something more simple, maybe?

There could be nothing more simple.

Than giving diamond

bracelets to Nana Carlova.

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J. Grubb Alexander

Joseph Grubb Alexander (December 25, 1887 – January 11, 1932) was an American screenwriter of the silent era. He wrote for 98 films between 1916 and 1932. He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to Joseph and Florence Grubb Alexander. His father was from Scotland and his mother was the daughter of Capt. Evan P. Grubb, a Civil War veteran. Joseph died from pneumonia in Los Angeles, California at the age of 44, and is buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. more…

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