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Writers:
Edgar Selwyn (from the play "The Mirage" by)
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)

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Joan sings, dances, and gets slapped by Gable See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Crawford ... Marian

Clark Gable ... Mark Whitney
Wallace Ford ... Al Manning
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Wally (as Skeets Gallagher)
Frank Conroy ... Travers
Marjorie White ... Vernice
John Miljan ... John Driscoll
Clara Blandick ... 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)

Directed by
Clarence Brown (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Edgar Selwyn (from the play "The Mirage" by)

Lenore J. Coffee (adaptation) (as Lenore Coffee)

Lenore J. Coffee (dialogue continuity) (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:
Edgar Selwyn's play, "The Mirage", opened in New York on 30 September 1920.See more »
Quotes:
Marian Martin, aka Mrs. Moreland:Well, I just thought you could give me some advice.
Wally:The East River is full of girls who took advice from men like me.
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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Joan sings, dances, and gets slapped by Gable, 18 August 2002
Author: Jim Tritten from Corrales, NM

Excellent soaper with a Joan Crawford billed above the soon-to-be superstar Clark Gable. The possibility of upward mobility afforded to women, especially at this time during the Great Depression, remains a theme of interest today. Women can play on men and get upward mobility but there is often a price to be paid -- and Joan pays it in this movie.

Excellent photography makes the best of the stars and Adrian's dressing of Joan. Notable train sequence in beginning of film has the poor Joan facing the possibility of the good life if she is willing to defy convention and joint those "inside the car." Gable teaches her how to act and she becomes a refined, but kept, woman. He refuses to marry her for all the "right" reasons but in the end, Joan is affected by society's opinion of women in her station.

Grandstand speech sequence at the end of the film is a bit too unbelievable but my wife was moved to tears when she saw it. One of Joan's better films. Recommended.

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