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Fascination (1931)

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Gwenda Farrell
Carl Harbord ...
Larry Maitland
Dorothy Bartlam ...
Vera Maitland
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Kay
Kenneth Kove ...
Bertie
Louis Goodrich ...
Colonel Farrington
Roland Culver ...
Ronnie
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15 July 1931 (UK)  »

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FascinaciĆ³n  »

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(RCA Photophone)

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1.20 : 1
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Lovely Madeleine Carroll
28 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Probably an incomplete copy with bad sound, but that's all that exists of this melodrama about an actress who takes up with a married man only to give him up after she meets the sad wife.

Madeleine Carroll plays Gwenda Farrell, a selfish and bored actress who chases after an architect (Carl Harbord) for no good reason at all. She's totally self-absorbed despite the advice of gal pal Kay (Kay Hammond from BLITHE SPIRIT) who's stuck with a milquetoast called Bertie.

The film is barely over an hour, and it seems some material has been lost, judging from several jerky transitions. Bad sound, beyond restoration, and a general droning sound blot out some dialog. But the story is clear enough.

Carroll is beautiful and has some great scenes where she is beautifully lit. Harbord is a dull drone, but Hammond does better as the brainless friend. Dorothy Bartlam is the pretty-but-dull wife. Roland Culver has a brief scene as a rejected lover. Freddie Bartholomew plays one of the kids in the opening, and Merle Oberon shows up at about the 45-minute mark as a flower seller (her mother is Spanish) in a nightclub.

Harbord is, amazingly, only 23 years old here. He looks 40. Worth a look for an early starring role for lovely Madeleine Carroll.


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