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Noël Coward (from the play by)
Hanns Kräly (scenario) ...
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Release Date:
12 December 1931 (USA) See more »
Elyot and Sibyl are being married in a big church ceremony. Amanda and Victor are being married by a French Justice of the Peace... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Norma Shearer ... Amanda

Robert Montgomery ... Elyot

Reginald Denny ... Victor

Una Merkel ... Sibyl

Jean Hersholt ... Oscar
George Davis ... Bell Hop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Herman Bing ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Ferike Boros ... Cook at Chalet (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Hotel Concierge (uncredited)
Wilfrid North ... Sibyl's Wedding Escort (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Franklin 
Writing credits
Noël Coward (from the play by) (as Noel Coward)

Hanns Kräly (scenario) (as Hans Kraly) and
Richard Schayer (scenario)

Claudine West (continuity)

Produced by
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
William Axt (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ray Binger (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Conrad A. Nervig (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harold S. Bucquet .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Fred Morgan .... sound (uncredited)
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84 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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" Private Lives " was the seventh most popular movie at the U.S. box office for 1931.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Elyot:What exactly were you remembering at that moment?
Amanda:The Palace Hotel skating rink in the morning. Bright, strong sunlight and everybody whirling around in vivid colors. Then, you leaning down to put on my skates for me.
Elyot:You'd fallen down a few moments before.
Amanda:Oh, it was horrid of you to laugh at me. I felt so humiliated.
Elyot:Poor darling.
Amanda:Do you remember waking up in the morning and standing on the balcony, looking out across the valley?
Elyot:Blue shadows on white snow. Cleanness, beyond belief. High above everything in the world. How beautiful it was.
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Norma at her (comedic) best, 27 November 1999

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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