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A Notorious Affair (1930)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 4 May 1930 (USA)
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
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Dr. Alan Pomeroy (Misspelled Allen in Opening Credits)
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Sir Thomas Hanley
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Lord Percival Northmore
Malcolm Waite ...
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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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reels #3944-3951. 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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What he is and what he can give her
13 January 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

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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