Pagliacci (1936 film)

Pagliacci is a 1936 British musical film directed by Karl Grune and starring Richard Tauber, Steffi Duna and Diana Napier.[1] It is an adaptation in English of the 1892 opera Pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo.

Directed byKarl Grune
Produced byMax Schach
Written byRuggero Leoncavallo (libretto)
Ernest Betts
Roger Burford
John Drinkwater
Monckton Hoffe
Bertolt Brecht
Fritz Kortner
StarringRichard Tauber
Steffi Duna
Diana Napier
Music byAlbert Coates
Hanns Eisler
CinematographyOtto Kanturek
Edited byWalter Stokvis
Trafalgar Films
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
11 December 1936
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


The film is shot partially in colour (using the UFAcolor process) and partially in black-and-white. The film's art direction was by Oscar Friedrich Werndorff. The film was made by the independent Trafalgar Films at Elstree Studios. The film was a very expensive production, with Tauber himself receiving £60,000 for appearing, which turned into a costly flop on its release.[2]


See also



  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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