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Strangers May Kiss (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 4 April 1931 (USA)
Lisbeth is a modern woman who thinks that marriage is old fashioned. She has two men in her life; Steve, who wants to marry her and Alan, who wants her to travel with him. Despite all the ... See full summary »

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(from a book by), (dialogue continuity)
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Lisbeth is a modern woman who thinks that marriage is old fashioned. She has two men in her life; Steve, who wants to marry her and Alan, who wants her to travel with him. Despite all the warnings by her friends and family, Lisbeth goes to Mexico with Alan where she is happy until she finds out that he has a wife in Paris and that he is leaving for his next job without her. Devastated, she spends a few years in Europe being the life of the party. While her reputation is well known, her life of gaiety has not made her happy. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Passed
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4 April 1931 (USA)  »

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Beijos a Esmo  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Neil Hamilton, "Alan," began his career as the Arrow (Shirt) Collar Man in print ads for the shirts. See more »

Goofs

During the opening of the movie, when Lisbeth (Norma Shearer) and Alan (Neil Hamilton) get off the plane they were flying in, there is no pilot visible when the plane door opens. See more »

Quotes

Lisbeth Corbin: Alan! Is Santa Claus doing tricks or are you real?
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Soundtracks

Silent Night, Holy Night
(1818) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Gruber
Played on the piano by Norma Shearer
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'30s melodrama
10 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a precode movie starring Norma Shearer, who looks gorgeous in all the gowns (and is that the way people dressed for a football game in the '30s?). Shearer plays a free spirit who doesn't believe in marriage and instead cavorts and travels with a reporter. Of course, she's kidding herself, and she wanted the wedding ring all along - when he announces he's been married the whole time and then breaks up with her, she takes up with every man she meets. This is never actually stated, which makes it kind of fun. Robert Montgomery says, "Boy, what I heard about you in Paris." Shearer: "You didn't believe it, did you?" Montgomery: "Not the first 6 or 700 times." Montgomery easily steals the movie as her funny, charming, ever-drunk good friend. It's the best role and holds up today. The other roles don't - the story is too melodramatic, acted in an old-fashioned, hand on the forehead style that dates it.

Added to that, the reporter character of Alan, played by Neil Hamilton, is despicable, making the film a frustrating experience for the viewer.

As an artifact and for the clothes and sets, you can't beat it, though.


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