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10 November 1930 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Constance Bennett ... Sylvia Brenner

Kenneth MacKenna ... Gaylord Stanton

Basil Rathbone ... Reggie Durant

Rita La Roy ... Grace Lawrence

Louis John Bartels ... Richards

John Roche ... Sheridan

Zasu Pitts ... Annie
Kendall Lee ... Miss Munson
Muriel Finley ... Ruth (as Murrel Finley)

Judith Wood ... Mrs. Graham (as Helen Johnson)
Fred Walton ... Martin - Stanton's Butler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Carle ... Minister (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Dressmaker (uncredited)
George Davis ... Butler at Villa (uncredited)

Carl M. Leviness ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Man at Roulette Table (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Waiter at Royal Club (uncredited)
Leo White ... Photographer (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Ship's Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul L. Stein 
Writing credits
Horace Jackson (screen play)

Robert Milton (story) &
Dorothy Cairns (story)

Produced by
E.B. Derr .... producer
Original Music by
Francis Gromon (uncredited)
Josiah Zuro (uncredited)
Cinematography by
John J. Mescall (photographer) (as John Mescall)
Film Editing by
Daniel Mandell (film editor)
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling (costumes)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
E.J. Babille .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
T.A. Carman .... sound engineer
Charles O'Loughlin .... sound engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Emmett Schoenbaum .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Francis Gromon .... musical director
Other crew
C.E. Sullivan .... vice president: Pathé Studios, Inc.
Crew believed to be complete

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81 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
Canada:G (Ontario) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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The print shown on Turner Classic Movies opens with a 1950's RKO Radio Pictures logo, an anachronism because this is a Pathé production, made before the RKO-Pathé merger, but ultimately released to television in the 1950's by C&C Television Corporation in their original RKO feature film package.See more »


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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Great 'early' Basil, 23 May 2004
Author: ny1mwd26 from Brooklyn, NY

Not sure what to call this oldie, but I guess drawing-room comedy might answer the mail. The plot centers around a rather interesting or curious love triangle. Girl marries Boy 1, arguably for the wrong reasons. Due to the unique nature of their union, she sets sail for Europe and encounters Boy 2, who, of course, knows Boy 1. On the Continent, Boy 2 becomes quite taken by her. What's a girl to do? Well, to give away the ending would not be nice, so suffice it to say it all gets resolved back in New York, though the ending might not please all viewers. Constance Bennett gets lead billing, but I was much more entertained by the performance of Basil Rathbone, who is just grand. Considering that the film probably takes place at the onset of the Depression, the lifestyles depicted are quite startling.

All in all, a rather delightful film.

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