Inspiration (1931)

Passed  |   |  Drama  |  31 January 1931 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yvonne Valbret
André Montell
Raymond Delval
Marjorie Rambeau ...
Judith Vosselli ...
Beryl Mercer ...
Marthe, Yvonne's Maid
John Miljan ...
Henry Coutant, the Sculptor
Uncle Julian Montell
Oscar Apfel ...
M. Vignaud
Madeleine Dorety
Zelda Sears ...
Aunt Pauline
Karen Morley ...
Liane Latour
Paul McAllister ...
Jouvet, the Artist
Arthur Hoyt ...


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Release Date:

31 January 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Yvonne  »

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$438,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Release of the movie was delayed because of a lawsuit Pathé brought against MGM. Although the novel by Alphonse Daudet was in public domain in the USA, it was still under copyright protection in Europe. Pathé won the lawsuit. See more »


André Montell: But I'm doing all the talking - please lets talk about you.
Yvonne Valbret: There isn't much to tell - I'm just a nice young woman - not too young, and not too nice - I hope!
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Liebestraum No. 3 (A Dream of Love)
Written by Franz Liszt
Played on piano by Joan Marsh
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25 December 2004 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

"Inspiration" is Greta Garbo's third talking picture and less static than "Anna Christie" and "Romance". Now in 2005 this is an undeservedly obscure Garbo film and like her other early talkies it's fascinating and intriguing. The scenes are varied, glamorous and entertaining. It's melodrama but there's also some comedy included. (It's very unlike the gloomy "Anna Christie"). Garbo is amazing in this film, from the first scenes when she joins the party, relaxed and smiling - until she sees Montgomery and she realizes what she's missing, till the last scene when she writes the letter. I also like Robert Montgomery here, his acting is great. No matter what can be said of the story - and I like the story - Garbo makes it beautiful and heartbreaking.

Ignore the abysmal reviews by those who are cynical and desire more than fine old-fashioned entertainment. This is true inspiration.

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