The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1944)


Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey tells the story of a rickety bridge that has spanned a deep gorge for ages. When the bridge suddenly collapses–plunging five people to their deaths–the tragedy causes a wave of superstition to engulf the villagers as they believe they are destined for continued misfortune. Only a priest can find the connections to divine intervention that will quell the townspeople’s fears.

Director: Rowland V. Lee.
Writers: Thornton Wilder (novel), Howard Estabrook & Herman Weissman (adaptation), Howard Estabrook (screenplay)
Stars: Lynn Bari, Akim Tamiroff, Francis Lederer, Alla Nazimova, Louis Calhern, Donald Woods, Blanche Yurka, Barton Hepburn, Joan Lorring, Emma Dunn, Abner Biberman, Antonio Triana.
Cinematographers: John W. Boyle, John J. Mescall (uncredited).
Composer: Dimitri Tiomkin.

1945 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Dimitri Tiomkin).


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One Comment

  1. Jake
    June 23, 2023

    Would love to see the 1929 version.

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