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Romance (1930)

 -  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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Rita Cavallini
Lewis Stone ...
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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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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26 August 1930 (USA)  »

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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

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 »

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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Connections

Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.30 (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Annie Laurie
(1834-5) (uncredited)
Written by Lady Scott
Played on piano by Greta Garbo
Sung by Gavin Gordon
Reprised in score at the end
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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)

A beautiful model (Greta Garbo) begins dating a good, shy guy (Robert Montgomery) but things hit hard times when he learns of her rather sluttish past. Once again Garbo is quite good and Montgomery is strong but the story lets both of them down. Things start off quite nice and move well but at the 45-minute mark things just fall apart because the story keeps repeating itself. He forgives her, learns something else, hates her, forgives her, learns something else and hates her again. A nice ending almost saves the film but not quite.


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