Symphony of Living (January 20, 1935)
Released on January 20, 1935: A concert violinist has an accident that destroys his hand and takes away his opportunity so solo with the orchestra, and his children leave him to become homeless when he can no longer pay their way in the world.
Produced by Maury M. Cohen
Directed by Frank R. Strayer
Written by Charles Spencer Belden
The Actors: Al Shean (Adolph Greig), Evelyn Brent (Paula Greig Rupert), Charles Judels (Rozzini), John Darrow (Richard Greig), Albert Conti (Mancini), Lester Lee (Carl Rupert), Gigi Parrish (Carmen Rozzini), Richard Tucker (Michael Rupert), John Harron (Herb Livingston), Ferike Boros (Mary Schultz), Ferdinand Schumann-Heink (the doctor), Carl Stockdale (the judge), William Worthington (Symphony Chairman), Leslie Goodwins (Oboe player), Gregory Golubeff (Max, violinist), Demetrius Alexis (the music lover), Lionel Backus (dance extra), Eddie Baker (detective), Lynton Brent (man in audience), Jay Eaton (Paula's beau), Lee Phelps (detective), Alexander Pollard (Rupert's butler), Larry Steers (man in audience), Johnny Winters (midget cellist)
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Do You Live in a Friendly Universe?
In my mind I have divided the world into two basic human types . . . Those who find joy in giving and those who find joy in taking.
I have a friend who is married to a wonderful gal, and every so often my girlfriend and I go to a nice restaurant with this couple and enjoy a good meal and an evening of chat. It has become our custom that one time I pay the entire restaurant bill, and the next time my friend pays.
When it is his turn to pay he orders a very modest meal and the least expensive vodka to drink . . . and when it is my turn to pay he orders the best meal on the menu and the most expensive brand of vodka, and plenty of it.
Now, this has nothing to do with his ability to pay . . . he brags about having much greater wealth than I have, but he is a taker, and thankfully I am a giver. It makes no difference to me that he takes pains to spend more of my money than his own . . . and he possibly doesn't even realize how differently he orders depending on who is paying the bill.
But let me share the rest of the picture of this friend . . . Sure, I give away more money and 'things' than he does because it gives me joy, and he lives by the rule that 'the man with the most toys when he dies wins,' clinging to every asset that he can get.
Instead of sharing with people who are in his circle who could dearly use a little help he scoffs at them for being so stupid that they cannot grab the things that he has grabbed . . . He pictures himself as a winner because of the 'things' he has gathered around him and takes great joy in surrounding himself with his 'things' . . . He believes that everyone around him is either too stupid to be his equal, or out to rob him of his possessions . . . so he has very few friends.
His relatives rarely visit him . . . he wants to leave his wealth to his nephew, but the nephew has no interest in him and refuses to visit, call or contact him, and he cannot understand why. His health is terrible . . . he will most likely not live as long as most men his age . . . He lives in his 'castle' clinging to his possessions and positive that anyone he might befriend would only try to steal his 'things,' so he lives what must be a very lonely life.
Long ago Albert Einstein asked a philosophical question that when answered would always reveal the attitude and heart of the person responding. . . The question he asked is: Is This A Friendly Universe? - Do you live in a universe that is friendly and helpful to you, or do you live in a universe where you must protect yourself from evil people trying to do you harm?
No matter how you answer, you are correct - You see, you create your own universe . . . you and I can share a meal and conversation as friends, and we can each live in a very different universe. . . . The choice is always ours. Our belief in what kind of world we live in will create that kind of world for us.
In this amazing story from 1935, you will see that people back then were very much like you and I today. Old violin player Adolph Greig lives in a very friendly universe, and his grown son and daughter live in a very different universe.
Daughter Paula runs away from home to marry a wealthy playboy, and when Papa's hand is badly injured and his orchestra career and income disappear, son Richard leaves home, and Papa Greig becomes homeless, playing violin with his badly injured hand in the streets, begging for pennies to survive.
Before you start feeling sorry for Papa Greig, remember that he lives in a very friendly universe, and his children do not. Watch closely as the universe gives Papa what he expects and deserves . . . and the same universe gives his children exactly what they deserve. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
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