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

Complete credited 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 ...
Beppo
Mathilde Comont ...
Vannucci
Rina De Liguoro ...
Nina (as Countess De Rina)
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Storyline

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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Budget:

$496,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original play opened in New York on 10 February 1913. See more »

Quotes

Madame Rita Cavallini: Oh, mon dieu! The hours, they fly so fast.
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Connections

Remake of Romance (1920) 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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Two Lesser Garbo's
12 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Romance (1930)

** (out of 4)

An Italian opera diva (Greta Garbo) with a troubled past falls in love with a priest (Gavin Gordon). Like many early sound films this one here talks and talks and talks but sadly most of the talk isn't very interesting. Garbo is very good in her role, although it's a bit hard to believe her as an opera star. Gordon on the other hand is fairly weak and it's a shame Garbo couldn't get Gary Cooper like she wanted. The ending is so incredibly bad you can't help but laughs but hey, there's Garbo.

Inspiration (1931)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

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