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Private Lives (1931)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama  -  12 December 1931 (USA)
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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 ... 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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honeymoon | chalet | hotel | church | marriage | See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Irving Thalberg, the film's producer and husband of the film's female star, Norma Shearer, had a camera crew film the first act of the play in New York with Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence so the cast of the film could see the timing for laughs. This film is unfortunately not known to have survived. See more »

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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

Victor Prynne: Did he see you?
Amanda: No, he was running.
Victor Prynne: What was he running for?
Amanda: How do I know! Stop being so damned annoying!
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Version of The Terrible Lovers (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Chansonette (The Donkey Serenade)
(1923) (uncredited)
Music by Rudolf Friml
Played by an offscreen hotel orchestra
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Norma at her (comedic) best
27 November 1999 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

I happen to adore this movie; it's my favorite classic comedy. Surely Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence did a better job than Norma Shearer and Robert Montgomery, but Norma is my favorite actress, and Robert is my favorite of her many co-stars. The dialog is marvelous, and the plot is fun. I like the idea of the two exes who spend their honeymoons in adjacent suites. The fight between Norma and Robert could very well be one of the best ever filmed. This is such a fun movie, but is sadly a little forgotten. I hear that the MGM video release isn't being made anymore, so if you don't want to watch this gem on a grainy, used video, hurry to your local store and watch the clerk look at you funny when you sigh with relief over having gotten the last copy.


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