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His Glorious Night (1929)

In a European kingdom, Princess Orsolini is to have a state wedding, arranged by her mother the Queen, but she is in love with Captain Kovacs of the horse guards. She is forced to break off... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Mrs. Collingswood Stratton
Priscilla Stratton
Prince Luigi Caprilli
Gerald Barry ...
Lord York
Madeline Seymour ...
Lady York
Count Albert
Eva Dennison ...
Countess Lina
Von Bergman
Peter Gawthorne ...
General Ettingen


In a European kingdom, Princess Orsolini is to have a state wedding, arranged by her mother the Queen, but she is in love with Captain Kovacs of the horse guards. She is forced to break off their affair, but the Captain, outraged by this treatment, plots his revenge by convincing them he is actually a well known swindler and will expose his affair with the Princess, ruining her. To avoid scandal, the Queen agrees to his price; to let him spend a night alone with the Princess in his apartment. ' Written by WesternOne1

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Delightfully naughty-- You've seen him passionately declare his love-NOW HE TALKS and ACTS his dazzling love scenes in this his most romantic picture.(Print Ad-The Dispatch,((Lexington, N.C.)) 10 February 1930)


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Release Date:

28 September 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Breath of Scandal  »

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1.20 : 1
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The filming of the movie and its disastrous reception were one of the main inspirations for the film Singin' in the Rain (1952). See more »


Referenced in The Silent Lovers (1980) See more »


Light Cavalry Overture
Music by Franz von Suppé
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His Career Collapse
26 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

I have never seen this film, except on a series about Hollywood in the Silent Film period made in the 1980s (James Mason narrated). In an episode about Gilbert and Garbo, and how the sound revolution did not hurt her (it enhanced her sexual allure and mystery) while it smashed his career. Supposedly the verile Gilbert sounded squeaky, and the clearest example of this was this film, where Gilbert was forced to recite lousy dialogue. The snippet of film had him declaring over and over again "Darling, I love you! I love your!" It would have been more lethal than an iceberg in sinking Gilbert.

Still, I would be curious to see the film (if they ever show it again). The script is based on a play by Ferenc Molnar, Hungary's greatest playwrite (his best known plays are THE PLAY'S THE THING, and LILLIOM - the original drama that the musical CAROUSEL is based on), so while it may have been below par it still might be worth listening to (outside of poor Gilbert's dialogue). Later films of the sound period, like QUEEN CHRISTINA and THE CAPTAIN HATES THE SEA suggest that Gilbert's voice was sufficiently masculine for his career to have survived had his films been chosen more carefully. But the public only remembered "Darling, I love you! I love you!" Very regretable.

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