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While giving a private performance for a visiting monarch, concert pianist Montgomery Royale is deafened when a bomb is detonated in an attempt to assassinate the foreign ruler. With his career over as a result of his injury, Royale returns to New York City with his sister Florence, close friend Mildred Miller, and considerably younger fiancée Grace Blair. After abandoning thoughts of suicide, Montgomery discovers he can lip read, and he spends his days observing people in Central Park from his apartment window. As he learns of people's problems, he tries to help them anonymously. He becomes absorbed in his game of "playing God" but his actions are without sincerity.

  1. Gouverneur Morris


  2. John G. Adolfi


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  1. George Arliss

    George Arliss

    Montgomery Royle

  2. Violet Heming

    Violet Heming

    Mildred Miller

  3. Bette Davis

    Bette Davis

    Grace Blair

  4. André Luguet

    André Luguet

    The King (as Andre Luguet)

  5. Louise Closser Hale

    Louise Closser Hale

    Florence Royle

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The Man Who Played God
The Man Who Played God


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Status Released

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  • February 19, 1932


Original Language English

Runtime 1h 20m

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