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A Notorious Affair (1930)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  4 May 1930 (USA)
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A scheming musician seduces a wealthy woman for love and money.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Patricia Hanley
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Paul Gherardi
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Countess Olga Balakireff
Kenneth Thomson ...
Dr. Alan Pomeroy (Misspelled Allen in Opening Credits)
Montagu Love ...
Sir Thomas Hanley
Philip Strange ...
Lord Percival Northmore
Malcolm Waite ...
Higgins - the Butler
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Storyline

A scheming musician seduces a wealthy woman for love and money.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated
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Release Date:

4 May 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Covardia de Amor  »

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| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In September 1928, Warner Bros. Pictures purchased a majority interest in First National Pictures and from that point on, all "First National" productions were actually made under Warner Bros. control, even though the two companies continued to retain separate identities until the mid-1930's, after which time "A Warner Bros.-First National Picture" was often used. See more »

Quotes

Countess Olga Balakireff: You're getting more cold-blooded every day.
Higgins, Olga's Butler: Yes, madame.
[he starts to leave.]
Countess Olga Balakireff: Higgins.
Higgins, Olga's Butler: [he turns to face her.] Madame?
Countess Olga Balakireff: I never knew you had pale blue eyes. I hate pale blue eyes! Funny, I never noticed it before.
Higgins, Olga's Butler: Yes, madame.
Countess Olga Balakireff: I think I'll send you back to the kennels where you belong, Higgins.
Higgins, Olga's Butler: Thank you, madame.
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Soundtracks

Second Movement: Andante
(1844) (uncredited)
from "Violin Concerto in E Minor (Op.64)"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played in concert with Basil Rathbone on violin and Gino Corrado on piano
Reprised by Basil Rathbone in the countess's boudoir
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Great writing....surprisingly modern.
30 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this movie remarkably modern, even given it's early filming. Kay is quite the vamp, yet gives a nuanced performance. Billy Dove is gorgeous and, is it just me, or does she have the biggest eyes ever? Rathbone shows substantial range. Usually cast as a "strong" character with no flaws, he is clearly able to show a weaker side of himself.

I loved some of the direction in this film. Great scenes, such as one where Billy returns home early from the theater. Her walk toward camera is perfect, as is the score that accompanies it. Throughout the film, the score is strong, yet understated...a rare occurrence on many early films, where sound was OVERUSED just to prove it was there!

Bottom line, this is an excellent film.


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