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Prelude to Fame (1950)

Not Rated
78 min | Drama

While vacationing in Italy, Nick Morell, son of John Morell, a famous English philosopher and amateur musician and his wife Catherine, becomes friendly with young Guido, and Morell discovers the boy has an extraordinary instinct for ...See moreWhile vacationing in Italy, Nick Morell, son of John Morell, a famous English philosopher and amateur musician and his wife Catherine, becomes friendly with young Guido, and Morell discovers the boy has an extraordinary instinct for orchestration and a phenomenal music memory. A neighboring couple, Signor and Signora Boudini become aware of the boy's talents, and she appeals to his parents to let her educate him musically. Torn by their love for their son and, they feel,the duty to let the world hear his talent, they consent. The boy is tutored by Dr. Lorenzo. Signora Bondini denies the boy all contact with his parents and everyone else except her. She also has neither sent his letters to his family, nor let him see the ones they've sent to him. He becomes phenomenally successful and makes the grand tour of Europe as Signora Bondini is enraptured by the acclaim given her through her "discovery" of the boy. She prepares to take him to America and also prepares adoption papers. Written by Les Adams See less
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Aldous Huxley (story "Young Archimedes") | Robert Westerby (screenplay) | Bridget Boland (additional dialogue)
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Updated May 2, 1950

Release date
Nov 9, 1950 (United States)

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Guy Rolfe
John Morell John Morell   See fewer
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Kathleen Byron
Signora Anne Bondini Signora Anne Bondini   See fewer
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Kathleen Ryan
Catherine Morell Catherine Morell   See fewer
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Jeremy Spenser
Guido Ferugia Guido Ferugia   See fewer
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Henry Oscar
Signor Mario Bondini Signor Mario Bondini   See fewer
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Rosalie Crutchley
Carlotta Ferugia Carlotta Ferugia   See fewer
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John Slater
Dr. Lorenzo Dr. Lorenzo   See fewer
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James Robertson Justice
Sir Arthur Harold Sir Arthur Harold   See fewer
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Ferdy Mayne
Carlo Ferugia Carlo Ferugia   See fewer
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Robert Rietty
Giuseppe Giuseppe   See fewer
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Robin Dowell
Nick Morell Nick Morell   See fewer
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Hugo Schuster
Dr. Freihaus Dr. Freihaus   See fewer
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Christopher Lee
Newsman Newsman   See fewer
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David McCallum Sr.
Leader of orchestra, Royal Albert Hall (as David McCallum) Leader of orchestra, Royal Albert Hall (as David McCallum)   See fewer
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Dora Hyde
Leader of orchestra, Naples Leader of orchestra, Naples   See fewer
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Michael Croudson
Nick's Friend (as Michael Crowdson) Nick's Friend (as Michael Crowdson)   See fewer
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Don Liddel
Benjamino Benjamino   See fewer
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Ben Williams
Car Driver Car Driver   See fewer
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Alex Fields
Doorkeeper Doorkeeper   See fewer
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Barry MacGregor
Actor (uncredited) Actor (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Simons
Boy (uncredited) Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.8 / 10 | 78 votes