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His Glorious Night (1929)

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Captain Kovacs
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Princess Orsolini
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Eugenie
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Krehl
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Mrs. Collingswood Stratton
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Priscilla Stratton
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Prince Luigi Caprilli
Gerald Barry ...
Lord York
Madeline Seymour ...
Lady York
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Count Albert
Eva Dennison ...
Countess Lina
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Von Bergman
Peter Gawthorne ...
General Ettingen
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Drama | Romance

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28 September 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Breath of Scandal  »

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It was in this film that silent screen legend John Gilbert made his talking-picture debut. His voice was said, erroneously, to have sounded high-pitched and frankly odd in a film that called for him to play a romantic swashbuckler. In fact, Gilbert's voice was not high-pitched, rather, his performance was marred by bad dialogue and nervous delivery. Audiences reportedly laughed at him at the most inappropriate moments. See more »

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Featured in Birth of Hollywood: Episode #1.3 (2011) See more »

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Hungarian Comedy Overture
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Music by Bela Keler
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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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