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

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Drama | Romance

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Covardia de Amor  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The play originally opened in London, England, in March, 1929. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Paul Gherardi: Imagine my trying to hold you, with pity...
Lady Patricia Hanley Gherardi: ...when love was all that was necessary.
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Soundtracks

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
(uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1840)
Lyrics by Charles Wesley (1730)
Sung by carolers on Christmas Day
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Bland Melodrama
25 April 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

A Notorious Affair (1930)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Dreadful pre-code from Warner about a poor violinist (Basil Rathbone) who marries a rich girl (Billie Dove) but the two refuse money from her father. They finally make it on their own and this is when the husband has an affair with a vamp (Kay Francis) and now the wife must decide their future. A NOTRIOUS AFFAIR is a major flop that really doesn't work on any level and in the end it's just one long melodrama after another that never adds up to anything. I think a lot of the blame can be pointed to the screenplay, which seems to be going through the motions and they're not very good ones. There's really no twists or turns to the story and you'll see everything coming from a mile away and this includes the silly ending. Another major problem is the fact that this is a film set in British society yet most people are speaking with an English accent and if any actor does try a British one it's usually going in and out. The performances aren't much to write home about either, which is a shame since we've got such a good cast. Dove has some of the strangest line deliveries that you're going to see in any early talkie. Just check out the early scene where she's talking to her father about getting married. Francis probably comes off the best as she was used to playing the tramp by this point of her career. The most interesting performance has to be Rathbone who is quite bad. It's funny to think how great he would become later in his career but the more of his early work I see the more I'm shocked that he managed to stick around as long as he did to get everything worked out. Many Rathbone mannerisms are on display here but they don't work. You can see the same stuff from his later performances where he nails them. A NOTORIOUS AFFAIR is a very bad movie but film buffs will probably still want to check it out due to the cast.


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