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

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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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Billie Dove!
27 November 1999 | by (Hull, Québec) – See all my reviews

Patricia Hanley (Billie Dove) married violinist Paul Gherardi (Basil Rathbone), despite the strong disapproval of her father and their high society friends. Dramatics ensue.

Billie Dove is the only saving grace of this movie. Her charm, beauty and engaging presence make this dull soap opera watchable. Less watchable is Basil Rathbone, who is miscast as a romantic leading man. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. or even Phillips Holmes would have been much better in the role. Kay Francis, as the other woman, acquits herself nicely, with her best films yet to come.

It should be noted that this film is one of Billie's few surviving Warner Bros./First-National talkies. For example, her four 1929 films are lost! Still, if you are a Billie Dove fan, you might enjoy this one.


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