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Tonight or Never (1931)

A young opera singer finds her career stalled because of her cold and passionless performances, until she finds romance with a handsome admirer.

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(as Mervyn Leroy)

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(adaptation), (adaptation) (as Frederick Hatton) | 2 more credits »
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Jim Fletcher
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Marchesa Bianca San Giovanni
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Rudig
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A young opera singer finds her career stalled because of her cold and passionless performances, until she finds romance with a handsome admirer.

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1933 (Sweden)  »

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This film marks the screen debut of Melvyn Douglas. See more »

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Marchesa Bianca San Giovanni: And that is just the trouble, it is nothing but an organ. It is as cold and as passionless as one of these American iceboxes. Let me tell you a secret; no woman can ever be a great artist without love, without passion, without a great inside flame in her heart. If she were really an artist, she would sing with more than her voice, she would sing with her heart and her soul and her body. I did!
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Gloria Swanson (1961) See more »

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Elegant early talkie, suffers from stage origins.
7 July 2001 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

Gloria Swanson proves easily here what a good talkie actress she could have been. She is funny and charming, and dressed superbly by Coco Chanel. Melvyn Douglas works well with her, but there is way too much chatter in this adaptation from a hit stage play. The screen-writers didn't seem to realise the kind of expansion they needed to give the piece to make it cinema rather than a filmed stage play. Still, in the lovingly restored print from UCLA that is on the DVD, the film looks great - as does glorious Gloria!


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