A famous and admired popular pianist (Liberace) begins to lose his hearing. Unable to continue with his career, he begins to become involved in the lives of strangers and helping them. In the annals of bad movies, this is something special. A one time experiment that was never repeated, Liberace had a two picture contract with Warner Bros. but this one was such a bomb that Warners paid him off rather than make another movie with him. The film is horrific, but like a train wreck you can't take your eyes off it, you're compelled to watch. It's not just the image of Dorothy Malone, one of the most carnal of film actresses, as Liberace's love interest but I truly tossed my cookies when Liberace did a soft-shoe at his Carnegie Hall concert! Liberace's idea of serious acting is not blinking his eyes. It's got a crippled child (Richard Eyer), a sweet old lady (Lurene Tuttle) treated badly by her daughter (Lori Nelson), a fiancee (Malone) in love with another man (Alex Nicol) but won't break the engagement because Liberace is deaf, the suffering secretary (Joanne Dru) secretly in love with the boss etc. Every maudlin and sentimental cliche you can think of. Previously filmed in 1932 under the title THE MAN WHO PLAYED GOD with George Arliss and Bette Davis. Directed by Gordon Douglas and with William Demarest, Ian Wolfe, Edward Platt and Guy Williams.
The Orbit Media DVD via Great Britain is an inferior transfer. Very soft looking, so much so that it often looks blurry. Skin tones tend to be yellow-ish, too. Still, since there's no market for Liberace movies, I wouldn't expect remastering or restoration anytime soon.