MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 10,140 this week

Inspiration (1931)

Passed  -  Drama  -  31 January 1931 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 317 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 3 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

Writer:

(dialogue)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 24 Mar 2011
 
a list of 4434 titles
created 22 Oct 2011
 
a list of 1313 titles
created 13 May 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 06 Oct 2013
 
list image
a list of 9998 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Inspiration" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Inspiration (1931)

Inspiration (1931) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Inspiration.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Ninotchka (1939)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Ina Claire
A Free Soul (1931)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An alcoholic lawyer who successfully defended a notorious gambler on a murder charge objects when his free-spirited daughter becomes romantically involved with him.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore
Letty Lynton (1932)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Wealthy socialite Letty Lynton is returning to New York, abandoning one-tine lover Emile Renaul in South America, when she strikes up a shipboard romance with Jerry Darrow. Renault is ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Nils Asther
Emma (1932)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After decades of raising the motherless Smith children, housekeeper Emma Thatcher is faced with resentment when she marries their father.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Marie Dressler, Richard Cromwell, Jean Hersholt
Grand Hotel I (1932)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas.

Director: Edmund Goulding
Stars: Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Cabaret performer Ivy Stevens in an affair with a low-rent traveling salesman is dumped in a 'Dear Jane' letter and finds solace in joining the Salvation Army.

Director: Harry Beaumont
Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Neil Hamilton
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After the death of her father and loss of the family fortune, Bonnie gets a job as a cub reporter while her brother becomes involved in bootlegging.

Director: Harry Beaumont
Stars: Joan Crawford, Cliff Edwards, Lester Vail
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A German immigrant to a small American town is a widower with four children and a barber. He has saved enough money to invest in a partnership in a savings-and-loan company with a friend. ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Louis Mann, Robert Montgomery, Elliott Nugent
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Three department store girls--Connie, Franky, and Jerry--share an apartment on West 91st Street in New York City. Each earns little more than 20 dollars per week. Jerry is the sensible one,... See full summary »

Director: Harry Beaumont
Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Anita Page
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: John W. Brunius
Stars: Gösta Ekman, Pauline Brunius, Karen Winther
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A charming bailiff's assistant poses as a young woman's butler until she can pay her debts.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Robert Montgomery, Charlotte Greenwood, Irene Purcell
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Ragnar Ring
Stars: Olga Andersson, Erick Fröander, Greta Garbo
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Yvonne Valbret
...
André Montell
Lewis Stone ...
Raymond Delval
Marjorie Rambeau ...
Lulu
Judith Vosselli ...
Odette
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
...
Gaby
Paul McAllister ...
Jouvet, the Artist
Arthur Hoyt ...
Gavarni
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

...Burning Lips...Glittering Gowns...Champagne...Paris...Life...Joy. The Kind of a Drama You Have Been Waiting to See and Hear. (Print ad)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 January 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Yvonne  »

Box Office

Budget:

$438,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Connections

Version of Sapho (1917) See more »

Soundtracks

Liebestraum No. 3 (A Dream of Love)
Written by Franz Liszt
Played on piano by Joan Marsh
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Garbo's most underrated and overlooked film. A real gem!
7 May 2008 | by (the rock) – See all my reviews

I've seen practically every Garbo film and I have to say that INSPIRATION is one of my favorite of hers. Certainly in the top five films. It's a beautiful and delicate film with one of Greta's best performances. Though the story is slightly underwritten and the direction could have used a bit more punch and Robert Montgomery is miscast, what weaknesses this film has are easily compensated by the amazing performance by GG, the sharp dialogue and the assured direction of Clarence Brown.

It's not easy to make a film about inspiration and in a way this film has. There are so many inspired moments in it, it would be difficult to list them. Here's a few: the opening sequence at the party; the staircase to Andre's room; what happens to Lewis Stone and his young girlfriend; when Garbo confronts Robert about infidelity; the ending, with the scenes in the snow.

Unlike a lot of other Garbo films or even other films made in those days, the melodrama is kept low. No screeching violins and such or major scenery chewing moments. I love the way Clarence Brown kept everything low key. Probably too low key for most people but I for one loved it. The pace is a tad slow but that's a minor complaint.

It's one of those Garbo films I like to watch and re-watch on a regular basis. Had the male lead been someone else than Robert, this little film would have been perfect.


11 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
inspiration DVD? dcbill-1
Discuss Inspiration (1931) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?