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Edmund Goulding (written by)
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Release Date:
11 November 1929 (USA) See more »
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A stenographer who works for a lawyer falls in love with and marries a wealthy young man. His family has the marraige annulled... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Cast

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Gloria Swanson ... Marion Donnell
Robert Ames ... Jack Merrick
Purnell Pratt ... Hector Ferguson
Henry B. Walthall ... Fuller
Wally Albright ... Jack Merrick (as Wally Albright Jr.)
William Holden ... John Merrick, Sr.
Blanche Friderici ... Miss Potter - Nurse (as Blanche Frederici)
Kay Hammond ... Catherine 'Flip' Merrick
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Ferguson
Marcelle Corday ... Blanche - the Maid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Armetta ... Barber (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Reporter (uncredited)

Billy Bevan ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ed Brady ... Fred - the Moving Man (uncredited)
Allan Cavan ... Doctor (uncredited)
Richard Cramer ... Reporter (uncredited)
Bobby Dunn ... Milkman (uncredited)

Stuart Erwin ... Reporter (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Butler (uncredited)
Lloyd Whitlock ... Board Member (uncredited)
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Directed by
Edmund Goulding 
 
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Edmund Goulding  written by

Produced by
Edmund Goulding .... producer
Joseph P. Kennedy .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Josiah Zuro 
 
Cinematography by
George Barnes 
Gregg Toland 
 
Film Editing by
Cyril Gardner 
 
Costume Design by
Judge Johnson 
Ann Morgan 
 
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Harry Poppe .... unit production manager
 
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Earl A. Wolcott .... sound technician
 
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Laura Hope Crews .... dialogue coach
 

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90 min
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1.20 : 1 See more »
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Mono (RCA Photophone System)

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Trivia:
Gloria Swanson originally hired writer/director Edmund Goulding to help her complete Queen Kelly (1929), the unfinished silent epic she'd started with Erich von Stroheim. After he'd spent months editing Von Stroheim's footage, Goulding persuaded Swanson to make this film instead. He wrote the script in three weeks, the movie was in theaters by the end of the year and Swanson recouped enough money to pay off "Queen Kelly"'s backers.See more »
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Remade as That Certain Woman (1937)See more »
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I Love You TrulySee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Strange But Swanson Makes the Film, 14 May 2012
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

The Trespasser (1929)

*** (out of 4)

Strange but winner tale of a poor but pure woman (Gloria Swanson) who marries the son (Robert Ames) of a millionaire but when his father finds out he convinces the son to have the marriage annulled. We flash-forward eighteen months and the woman has given birth to a son but she decides to keep this news from the real father until a few bad choices forces her to confront her past. THE TRESPASSER was Swanson first talkie and it also won her a Best Actress Oscar nomination, which she certainly deserved and for my money she's a lot better than Norma Shearer was in THE Divorcée. I'll admit that there's way too much sugar in some of the scenes and I'd say that the final thirty-minutes don't make a bit of sense but there's no question that the film kept me glued to what was going on and you can't help but get caught up in everything. I think a lot of the credit has to go to Swanson who really does deliver a very strong performance. I've read a few reviews stating that her facial gestures are too over-the-top, which might be true but I still think the pain of her character is nailed by the actress and she really brings this character to life. Ames isn't nearly as good as the one-day husband but he does get to shine in a few scenes as does Kay Hammond as the second wife and Henry B. Walthall has a nice part as well. There's no doubt that the film contain some flaws and for the life of me I never could figure out what Swanson's character was thinking and especially at the end. I won't ruin what happens but we have something predictable happen and then it's followed up with something so sugar-coated and worst of all is that it happens out of nowhere. Still, the incredibly strong performance by Swanson makes up for any flaws and film buffs should enjoy it.

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