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Silent screen star Billie Dove's voice registered well for the talkies in A Notorious Affair. But next to Kay Francis's voluptuous vixen, man hunting countess Dove comes off clearly second best in A Notorious Affair.
Dove is the daughter of Lord Montague Love and she comes home one fine day bringing with her a French violinist husband, poor and penniless who is played by Basil Rathbone. Poor, penniless and French even. Three strikes and Dove is out as Love disinherits her.
Of course Rathbone is a fortune hunter much like Monty Clift in The Heiress. And he does come to the attention of Francis who takes him for what he is and what he can give her.
Both Rathbone and Francis did better work and this is the first film with Dove that I've seen silent or sound. She's really quite bland for this role and given the characters as presented there was definitely a wrong ending here.
Not a horrible film, but definitely mediocre at best.
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