Willi, a brash young lieutenant in the Austrian Imperial Guard, bent on an evening of pleasure, visits a house of ill repute and gambling parlor. He meets Laura, a sweet innocent girl and ... See full summary »
Willi, a brash young lieutenant in the Austrian Imperial Guard, bent on an evening of pleasure, visits a house of ill repute and gambling parlor. He meets Laura, a sweet innocent girl and spends the night with her, leaving her money in the morning. Devastated with the realization Willi found her a mere convenience, Laura becomes the mistress of Herr Schnabel, an unpleasant but wealthy gentleman. Never quite getting over Laura, Willi is goaded by her into gambling with Schnabel and losing more money to him than he can possibly repay. Laura is unaware that Willi must either pay his debt by the next day or take the only other honorable way out - committing suicide. Written by
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Novarro charming in morality tale of seduction and redemption
This plot seems to owe a bit to Tolstoy's REDEMPTION, filmed by Mamoulian in 1934 as WE LIVE AGAIN. Here an Austrian officer and roue seduces an innocent young girl and while it is just another feather in his cap, her life is destroyed. In trying to make amends, he finds he is truly in love with her, but now she has a protector, a powerful older man that the officer despises.
How to win her back?
Novarro is completely at ease with his material and proves once again that he is the most charming of seducers. Helen Chandler is perfect as the shy gamin and Jean Hersholt is wasted with only a few scenes as the heavy. Douglass Montgomery here in his first role and billed as Kent Douglass has only three scenes in the first five minutes, all without dialogue.
It's a nice little film with a moral lesson and a finger wag at the idle young rich and privileged. Mainly of interested for Novarro fans. Note the risqué Novarro bathing scene and the prissy orderly with a lust for Novarro's undergarments - definitely pre-Code and a bit Von Stroheim-ish.
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