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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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Gloria Swanson Is Great! See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

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)

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 
 
Production Management
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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SerenadeSee more »

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32 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Gloria Swanson Is Great!, 15 October 2006
Author: drednm from United States

Famous United Artists film from 1929 with Gloria Swanson in her smash-hit talkie debut. I saw this at the George Eastman House in Rochester last week; it has the only known complete print and it's a beautifully restored version.

Swanson stars as a private secretary who marries a wealthy man's son. But their honeymoon is interrupted by the angry father who bullies the son into getting an annulment to "test" Swanson, while they "gussy her up" for their society friends. Swanson storms out but the boy doesn't follow. Later she reads about his marriage to a "proper" girl in Europe. So she decides to never tell him about the baby from their honeymoon night. Later she reads about a terrible accident and the other wife's injuries. But by then Swanson has shacked up with her boss and living off him even though he is married. Everything comes to a head when the boss dies and Swanson tries to go straight but can't make a living to support herself and her baby. Re-enter the first husband, his crippled wife, and treacherous father.

Pure soap but it's very well done and Swanson (with her 2nd Oscar nomination for this gem) is totally great. Opening scene is a long dolly shot moving in toward her office where she has her back to the camera as she types. Her first words are "and how!" as the 'can-do" secretary. Up thru the honeymoon Swanson is bright and funny as the happy bride. She was a terrific comedienne. But when the story turns tragic, Swanson really comes into her element as the suffering mother, the high-living floozy, and finally the contrite penitent.

Robert Ames is the husband, Henry B. Walthall is the office manager, Kay Hammond is the crippled wife, Blanche Frederici is the nanny, Purnell Pratt is the boss, William Holden is the mean father, Henry Armetta is the barber, Mary Forbes is the boss's wife (in fabulous clothes and jewelry), and Stu Erwin shows up as a reporter.

Swanson sings "Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere" and "My Tormented Heart" in the Italian version.

A pity this film will likely never be released on DVD. The Trespasser is a great moment in a great star's career.

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