Music in the Air (film)

Music in the Air is a 1934 American romantic comedy musical film based on Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's Broadway musical of the same name. It was part of the popular subgenre of operetta films made during the era. The film was a commercial failure on its release, losing $389,000. This was the worst performing release by Fox Film that year.[1]

Music in the Air
Directed byJoe May
Produced byErich Pommer
Written byJerome Kern (play)
Oscar Hammerstein II (play)
Howard Irving Young
Billy Wilder
StarringGloria Swanson
John Boles
Douglass Montgomery
Music byJerome Kern
CinematographyErnest Palmer
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • December 13, 1934 (1934-12-13)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Broadway musical Music in the Air opened at the Alvin Theatre in New York City on November 8, 1932 and ran for 342 performances.


Opera star Frieda Hotzfelt (Gloria Swanson) spars with librettist Bruno Mahler (John Boles). Aspiring songwriter Karl Roder (Douglass Montgomery) stumbles into their stormy relationship.



  1. Solomon


  • Solomon, Aubrey. The Fox Film Corporation, 1915-1935: A History and Filmography (McFarland, 2011).

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