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Superb production values and subtle, clever performances by the three major stars in this film (Greta, Nils, and Lewis) make this silent film absolutely fascinating - and fun - to watch. From the moment Greta's character meets Nils' character in the hallway of the cruise ship, as he viciously strikes his servant, while she appears shocked and disgusted, yet intrigued, the stage is set for a great tug of war of emotions and a battle of wills between the major characters, which keeps the audience mesmerized throughout.
If you have only seen Greta in her talkie films from the 1930's then you really have never understood why she became so popular in the first place, or why she was considered a great beauty. Her mystery and allure on film began in the silent era of the 1920's. By the time she appeared in her talkie films her face was more set, more mature, more of a woman's face. In the 1920's she still looked like a young girl, and her beauty and refreshing elegance were more striking.
Lewis Stone has the benefit here of receiving some of the best and funniest lines in the picture. As the Prince, played by Nils, shows Lewis and Greta to their bedroom in his Javanese palace, where they will stay as guests, a king size bed is revealed. Lewis's eyes open wide and he whispers to Greta in shock, "Good Lord, a double bed!" This was something new for a married couple on screen in 1929! I burst out laughing.
Great film, with a wonderful ending. Don't miss it.
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