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Private Lives (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 12 December 1931 (USA)
Elyot and Sibyl are being married in a big church ceremony. Amanda and Victor are being married by a French Justice of the Peace. Both couples go to a hotel on the same day and are put in ... See full summary »

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Elyot and Sibyl are being married in a big church ceremony. Amanda and Victor are being married by a French Justice of the Peace. Both couples go to a hotel on the same day and are put in adjoining rooms with adjoining terraces. Things go fine until Amanda sees her former husband Elyot on the adjacent terrace. While they both pretend to be happy, both make plans to leave, but their spouses do not want to leave as it is their respective honeymoons. So the other spouses each go down to the bar. This leaves Elyot and Amanda together and they reminisce. Before long, the sparks again fly and they both decide to leave together to the Mountains of Switzerland. They love, they bicker, they fight, they stop. Then it begins over and over. Then Victor and Sibyl show up at their chalet. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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12 December 1931 (USA)  »

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Fufu sensen  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Glacier Bay Park in Montana doubled for the Swiss Alps in the film's mountain climbing scene. See more »

Goofs

When Elyot, Amanda and Oscar are riding on the gondola, Elyot and Amanda begin to argue. As their argument escalates, the two of them stand up and Oscar, listening quietly, stands up with them. Their is a cut to a medium shot of Oscar which shows him still seated. Then a return to the shot of the three of them which shows Oscar standing again. See more »

Quotes

Amanda: Oh, you insufferable pig!
Elyot: Darling, Sollochs! Sollochs!
Amanda: Sollochs, yourself!
Elyot: You spiteful little beast!
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Version of The Terrible Lovers (1936) See more »

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A Shady Tree
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Played while Elyot and Amanda are dancing to the phonograph
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A Noel Coward play. Two couples switch partners.
31 December 2003 | by (Evanston, IL) – See all my reviews

Noel Coward dialogue. What can be bad? Norma Shearer does a star turn and is *very* funny. Her clothes are wonderful. She is obviously "meant for" Robert Montgomery, and they leave the partners they are engaged to and escape with each other on an around-the-world trip. Their physical fights are hilarious.


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