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 ...
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Budapest bar entertainer Zara is a discontented alcoholic who is pursued by many men but lives with novelist Carl Salter. A strange man (Tony) shows up on Salter's estate claiming that Zara... See full summary »
Erich von Stroheim
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
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Leading man Gavin Gordon was hit by another vehicle while driving his car to the set the first day of shooting. He was flung onto the pavement and fractured a collarbone, as well as dislocating his shoulder. Gordon was determined to play alongside Greta Garbo and feared his part might be recast if he went to the hospital, therefore proceeding to the set in spite of great pain. He managed to get through the first scene, whereupon he fainted. Garbo visited his bedside at the hospital and told him, production would wait for him. Director Clarence Brown therefore had to shoot all the scenes first in which Gordon didn't appear. See more »
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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