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Strictly Unconventional (1930)

Passed | | Drama | 3 May 1930 (USA)
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Cast

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Catherine Dale Owen ...
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Ted
Tyrell Davis ...
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Mary Forbes ...
Wilfred Noy ...
Butler
William H. O'Brien ...
Footman (as William O'Brien)
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horse | vase | party | orchestra | nobility | See All (19) »

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Drama

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Passed | See all certifications »
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3 May 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Iris  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The play opened in London, England on 3 March 1921. It opened on Broadway in New York City on 12 September 1921 and closed in February 1922 after 175 performances. The opening night cast included John Halliday as Ted, Estelle Winwood as Elizabeth and Walter Soderling as the Butler. There were 2 revivals of the play: in 1938 with Tallulah Bankhead and John Emery, and in 1989, with Stewart Granger, Rex Harrison and Glynis Johns. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth: You're awfully nice, Ted.
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Connections

Version of The Circle (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played as dance music by the orchestra at the party
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Talk Loud! Louder!
15 November 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This turgid screen version of Somerset Maugham's "The Circle" suffers not only from the dated story, but from performances by seasoned silent performers who seem absolutely overwhelmed by the sound equipment. The first scene suffers as the juveniles insist of making sure their emotions can be read in the second balcony. Even Lewis Stone seems ill at ease, until Ernest Torrence and Alison Skipworth come on.

Torrence is a delight, complaining about his dentures, and Skipworth is wonderful. The camera is not quite immobile, but it does move leadenly -- quite appropriately in following Torrence, but it does move rapidly when needed to maintain composition -- something that modern film makers don't seem to think important But Lewis Stone's register runs all over the place, overacting in antique style even for 1930 with the youngsters, and fairly natural with Torrence and Skipworth. The total effect is bad.


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