Interlude (1957 film)

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Directed byDouglas Sirk
Produced byRoss Hunter
Screenplay byDaniel Fuchs
Franklin Coen
StarringJune Allyson
Rossano Brazzi
Music byFrank Skinner
CinematographyWilliam H. Daniels
(as William Daniels)
Edited byRussell F. Schoengarth
Color processTechnicolor
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • September 18, 1957 (1957-09-18) (Los Angeles)
  • October 30, 1957 (1957-10-30) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.4 million (U.S. rentals)[1]

Interlude is a 1957 American CinemaScope drama-romance film directed by Douglas Sirk and starring June Allyson and Rossano Brazzi.[2][3] The film is a reworking of When Tomorrow Comes, a 1939 picture starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer. Both films were based on a novel by James M. Cain.[4] Sirk cited Serenade as the title of that book, but in March 2014, in a long article for Senses of Cinema in which he discussed all three works, critic Tom Ryan revealed that both pictures are based on Cain's The Root of His Evil.[4][5]


Helen Banning, an American, moves to Munich, Germany to begin a new job with a cultural agency. She meets a handsome doctor, Morley Dwyer, but lets him know she is reluctant to begin any new relationships.

New boss Prue Stubbins introduces her to symphony conductor Tonio "Tony" Fischer, then, concerned about the upcoming performance, asks Helen to follow him when he abruptly leaves the concert hall. At the estate of a countess, Irena Reinhart, she finds Tony playing piano for a woman, Reni, unaware it is his wife.

Tony is distraught because Reni is mentally ill, given no chance to improve. He becomes attracted to the American woman and invites her to accompany him to Salzburg, Austria for a day, which leads to a few intimate hours together. She is later furious after discovering he is a married man.

Morley, aware that Helen has had an affair, proposes marriage to her anyway. The countess, on the other hand, urges Helen to follow her heart and find happiness with him. Reni turns up at the concert to beseech Helen not to take her husband away from her. Back at the estate, Reni attempts suicide and is rescued by Helen from a lake. Helen permanently ends her relationship with Tony and decides to return home.


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  1. ^ "Top Grosses of 1957", Variety, 8 January 1958: 30
  2. ^ "Interlude". FilmAffinity. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Interlude". AFI. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b Brody, Richard. "John M. Stahl's "When Tomorrow Comes"". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  5. ^ Ryan, Tom. "The Adaptation and the Remake: From John M. Stahl's When Tomorrow Comes to Douglas Sirk's Interlude – Senses of Cinema". Retrieved 2020-07-20.

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