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Bridge of San Luis Rey, The (UA 1944, Lynn Bari, Akim Tamiroff)



Five people are killed in a freak accident when a lofty rope bridge collapses. The film details a priest’s journey to discover if there was a divine reason for the bloody disaster. Set in Lima, Peru, during the 18th century. Based on the Thornton Wilder novel, and first made in 1929.

The Bridge of San Luis Rey producer, Benedict Bogeaus, purchased the film rights to Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel for $50,000. Bogeaus, a Chicago businessman, used this film to launch his career as a producer.

production details
USA | United Artists | 107 minutes | 1944

Director: Rowland V. Lee
Producer: Benedict E. Bogeaus
Original Story: Thornton Wilder
Cinematography: John W. Boyle
Editor: Harvey Manager
Music: Dimitri Tiomkin
Script: Howard Estabrook, Herman Weissman

Lynn Bari as Michaela Villegas
Joan Lorring as Pepita
Emma Dunn as Doña Mercedes
Donald Woods as Brother Juniper
Akim Tamiroff as Uncle Pio
Francis Lederer as Esteban / Manuel
Alla Nazimova as Doña Maria – The Marquesa
Louis Calhern as Don Andre – The Viceroy
Blanche Yurka as The Abbess
Barton Hepburn as Don Gonzalo
Abner Biberman as Maita
Antonio Triana as Dancer at Viceroy’s Party