The Climax

Synopsis: Dr. Hohner (Karloff), theatre physician at the Vienna Royal Theatre, murders his mistress, the star soprano when his jealousy drives him to the point of mad obsession. Ten years later, another young singer (Foster) reminds Hohner of the late diva, and his old mania kicks in. Hohner wants to prevent her from singing for anyone but him, even if it means silencing her forever. The singer's fiancée (Bey) rushes to save her in the film's climax.
Director(s): George Waggner
Production: Passport
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
86 min

Good evening, Doctor.

- Doctor?

- Yes.

Dr. Hohner.

The theater physician.

He lives just around the corner. What's

he doin' around here this time of night?

Uh, somebody sick?

Yes. He is.



Oh, yes.

Uh, did the police ever find her?


After 10 years,

they've given up trying.

Marcellina, it has come.

At last, it has come.

What, Luise?

I couldn't wait. I opened it.

The king invites you...

no, commands you to sing for him.

Luise, I'm going to faint.

Not now, my sweet.

After you sing for the king,

you can faint all you like.

Will you find the maestro?

I want him to hear the good news.

This is the biggest

moment of my life.

#Ah, we bid you welcome

to this fete #

#Ah, we're sorry if we made you wait #

#Ah, let violins begin the dance #

#Ah, let there be joy

and gay romancing #

#Ah, tell me why this doubt #

# Should fall to me #

#Whose tragic power

seems to call to me ##

Friedrich, I asked you never

to come here again.

I had to see you.

Well, I don't want to see you.

I thought you understood that.

But I love you, Marcellina.

No, Friedrich. You love your

own private, selfish world.

You want to lock me up

there with you,

give up my career.

That's what you've got to do.

I can't bear the thought that

any man can hear you sing for him,

feast his eyes on you...

just for the price of a ticket.

I worked hard for my success,


Tonight, there were 11

solo curtain calls.

More than any other singer's

ever had in this theater.

The king commands me

to sing for him.

Why, I'd be a fool to give that

up for you. Darling, listen to me.

No, Friedrich. I've listened to you

for the last time. Now please go.

This isn't really you speaking,


You've forgotten how happy

we've been and will be again.

Now let me hear you say

once more, just as you used to,

"I love you, Friedrich. "

I can't say it...

because I don't love you.

I hate you.

I don't hate you.

I only hate the thing

that's come between us... your voice.

Yes, I know.

You were out front tonight.

I felt your eyes on me.

Like you're looking at me now.

Go away.

Get out of here!

I'm afraid of you.

You needn't be.

I love you, my darling.

You know that.

I'd give my life for you.

This thing that shuts me out...

I won't let it.

I tell you I won't let it.

It's here,

now, between my fingers.

I've only to close them

to silence it forever.

Friedrich, you're hurting me.

Friedrich, you're...

We'll always be together now.

Your voice will never

come between us again.


Dr. Hohner,

are you all right?

Yes. Yes.

I'm all right.

Good morning, Count Seebruck.

Good morning.

Good morning, Count

Seebruck. Good morning.

Good morning, Count

Seebruck. Good morning.

Good morning. Good morning, Jean.

Good morning, Count Seebruck.

What a lovely morning.

The air is like wine.

Chestnut trees are in bloom.

All nature is in harmony.

Well, even our friends the critics

have been kind to us this morning.

Oh, it's good to be alive.

Everything is serene, peaceful, quiet.

- I have never been

so insulted in all my life.!

I positively will not stand for it.

I am the prima donna of the Royal Theatre,

not a barmaid in a cheap beer hall.

And I won't be insulted by...

I was not insulting you.

I was merely trying to show you...

You show me.

Why, the insolence.! Now, children,

children. Please. Please. What's wrong?

Stop it! Stop it!

Now, you, Brunn. What

is it? And stop bobbing.

Yes, madame.

Uh, Count Seebruck, if you please.

We were just rehearsing the duet between

MadameJarmila and Signor Roselli...

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Curt Siodmak

Curt Siodmak was a Polish-born American novelist and screenwriter. He is known for his work in the horror and science fiction film genres, with such films as The Wolf Man and Donovan's Brain. more…

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