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Willard Mack (writer)
Ferenc Molnár (play)
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28 September 1929 (USA) See more »
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John Gilbert ... Captain Kovacs
Catherine Dale Owen ... Princess Orsolini

Nance O'Neil ... Eugenie

Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Krehl

Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Collingswood Stratton

Doris Hill ... Priscilla Stratton
Tyrell Davis ... Prince Luigi Caprilli
Gerald Barry ... Lord York
Madeline Seymour ... Lady York

Richard Carle ... Count Albert
Eva Dennison ... Countess Lina
Youcca Troubetzkov ... Von Bergman
Peter Gawthorne ... General Ettingen

Directed by
Lionel Barrymore 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Willard Mack  writer
Ferenc Molnár  play "Olympia"

Produced by
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Lionel Barrymore 
Cinematography by
Percy Hilburn 
Film Editing by
William LeVanway 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Costume Design by
David Cox 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... sound

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80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (MovieTone)

Did You Know?

There is a popular rumor that the reason John Gilbert's voice sounded high and reedy was that M.G.M. studio head L.B. Mayer bore a grudge against Gilbert and told technicians to speed up the soundtrack to discredit the increasingly drunken and troublesome star. This myth spread because the movie was so rarely screened after its initial release. However, the film itself shows that Gilbert's voice was completely normal and it was not tampered with, rather, the star was hindered by stilted dialogue and direction.See more »
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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
His Career Collapse, 26 April 2004
Author: theowinthrop from United States

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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