Cinema: The New Pictures: May 16, 1938

Moonlight Sonata (Pall Mall) has its soul in Parnassus, its feet in Grub Street. A trite British treatment of cinema's tritest theme, it makes the wobbly point that music hath charms to shoo the city slicker out of the country girl's heart. But what lofts it to the skies for two memorable reels is the piano-playing of 77-year-old Ignace Jan Paderewski, most notable pianist of his time, in cinema a tired old man in a tacky dress suit, a mismanaged bow tie.

In a music hall styled after an interior view of a bunch of...

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