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Writers:
Edgar Selwyn (from the play by: "The Mirage")
Lenore J. Coffee (adaptation)
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Release Date:
21 November 1931 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Ambitious factory Girl Marion Martin meets a handsome well-to-do, but he's interested in her as a mistress, not a wife. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The Forgotten: Brown's Requiem
 (From MUBI. 9 October 2009, 9:38 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Fast-paced and racy See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Crawford ... Marian Martin

Clark Gable ... Mark Whitney
Wallace Ford ... Al Manning
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Wally Stuart (as Skeets Gallagher)
Frank Conroy ... Horace Travers
Marjorie White ... Vernice LaVerne
John Miljan ... John Driscoll
Clara Blandick ... Marian's Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Ainsley ... Ambrose - Wally's Butler (uncredited)
Jack Baxley ... 'League of Nations' Heckler (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... 'Answer That One' Heckler (uncredited)
Clarence Brown ... Man on Merry-Go-Round (uncredited)
André Cheron ... Monsieur Lavell - Party Guest (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Signor Martini - Party Guest (uncredited)
Phyllis Crane ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... Waiter (uncredited)
Florence Enright ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Fred Malatesta ... Party Waiter (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... French Waiter (uncredited)
Wilfred Noy ... Bertram - Mark's Butler (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... 'Parole for Convicts' Heckler (uncredited)
Ruth Renick ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Joan Standing ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Barbara Tennant ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Wilhelm von Brincken ... Baron von Bergen - Party Guest (uncredited)
Walter Walker ... Whitney for Governor Supporter (uncredited)
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Directed by
Clarence Brown (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Edgar Selwyn (from the play by: "The Mirage")

Lenore J. Coffee (adaptation and dialogue continuity by) (as Lenore Coffee)

Produced by
Clarence Brown .... producer
Harry Rapf .... producer (uncredited)
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Charles Maxwell (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Oliver T. Marsh (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
William LeVanway (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Dorian .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Anstruther MacDonald .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Samuel Cohen .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Eddie Fitzgerald .... second camera (uncredited)
Jack Griffin .... head grip (uncredited)
George Hurrell Sr. .... still photographer (uncredited)
S.C. Manatt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Kyme Meade .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ted Wurtenberg .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
William Axt .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
76 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1994) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Charlotte Greenwood was signed as a cast member, but she was not seen in the movie. News items mentioned several performers during production, but some did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These include Florence Lake, Virginia Sale and Francis Ford.See more »
Quotes:
Marian Martin, aka Mrs. Moreland:You don't own me. Nobody does. My life belongs to me.
Al Manning:You'll make one fine mess of it.
Marian Martin, aka Mrs. Moreland:It'll still belong to me.
Marian's mother:Don't, Marian, you frighten me when you talk like that.
Marian Martin, aka Mrs. Moreland:If I were a man it wouldn't frighten you! You'd think it was right for me to go out and get anything I could out of life, and use anything I had to get it. Why should men be so different? All they've got are their brains and they're not afraid to use them. Well neither am I!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Stars and Stripes ForeverSee more »

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22 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Fast-paced and racy, 13 October 2003
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

Poor factory girl (Joan Crawford) goes to New York to find fame and fortune. She quickly becomes a "kept" woman for a rich lawyer (Clark Gable--without his moustache). But she can't keep her past away forever and things start to go terribly wrong.

Strong (for 1931), short (71 minutes) pre-Code drama. The script is sharp and believable, the direction good and there are some incredibly lavish settings. Also Crawford and Gable are just great in their roles and both of them look incredibly beautiful. There was a brief part at the end that I didn't buy, but that didn't destroy the picture at all. Well worth seeing for anybody, but a definite must for Crawford and Gable fans.

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