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Romance (1930)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  26 August 1930 (USA)
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Young Harry is in love and wants to marry an actress, much to the displeasure of his family. Harry thinks that Bishop Armstrong knows nothing about love so Armstrong tells him the story of ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Rita Cavallini
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Cornelius Van Tuyl
Gavin Gordon ...
Tom Armstrong
Elliott Nugent ...
Harry
Florence Lake ...
Susan Van Tuyl
Clara Blandick ...
Miss Armstrong
Henry Armetta ...
Mathilde Comont ...
Vannucci
Rina De Liguoro ...
Nina (as Countess De Rina)
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Young Harry is in love and wants to marry an actress, much to the displeasure of his family. Harry thinks that Bishop Armstrong knows nothing about love so Armstrong tells him the story of Rita and himself. Rita was an Opera Star singing in New York who was at a party given by Cornelius. Armstrong was a 28 year old rector. He fell for Rita when he saw her and after six weeks he wanted to marry her. Naive as he was, he thought that all of Rita's "relationships" were in the distant past, but Rita lives for the moment and knows that she can never marry Armstrong. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

26 August 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Romantik  »

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$496,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Greta Garbo originally wanted Gary Cooper as her leading man in "Romance". In the end, however, MGM could not borrow Cooper from Paramount, so Garbo settled for the unknown Gavin Gordon. Cooper would come to MGM two years later for the Joan Crawford vehicle Today We Live (1933). See more »

Quotes

Madame Rita Cavallini: Love is just a beast that you feed all through the night, and when the morning comes, love dies.
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Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.30 (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

A Mighty Fortress is Our God (Ein' Feste Burg)
(uncredited)
Traditional hymn
Lyrics by Martin Luther (1535)
English Lyrics by Frederick H. Hedge
Sung in background by a church choir
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Dreadful
24 May 2014 | by (Ojai, CA) – See all my reviews

I've never understood why some people are gaga over Greta Garbo. I don't find her the least bit attractive and I'm not impressed with her acting abilities. In this dreadful adaptation of a Broadway play she portrays an Italian opera singer who is scorned by polite society because she's an adulteress (gasp!). Perhaps that gave the film some shock value in 1930 but can you imagine making that the crux of your story today? Garbo delivers her lines with an at times indecipherable accent and in an overdramatic style. I find the sound of her voice really annoying. Lewis Stone once again plays an older man involved with a younger woman (Garbo) and his performance is probably the best thing the film has going for it. Gavin Gordon plays the puritanical clergyman who falls in love with Garbo. If you see the film you'll understand why the rest of his career consisted of secondary roles and bit parts. Perhaps only of interest to Garbo fanatics.


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