A Woman of Experience (1931)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  7 August 1931 (USA)
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It is 1915 in Vienna and the Great War has caused many casualties. Elsa decides to answer the patriotic appeals and help by working in the hospital, but her reputation causes her to be ... See full summary »



(adapted from the play: "The Registered Woman"), (screen play & dialogue by), 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Lew Cody ...
Captain Otto von Lichstein
Major Hugh Schmidt
C. Henry Gordon ...
Captain Muller
Hans - a Sailor
Nance O'Neil ...
George Fawcett ...
A General
Bertha Mann ...
Red Cross Nurse
William H. Tooker ...
Alfred Hickman ...
Edward Earle ...
Captain Kurt von Hausen
Max Waizmann ...
Ashley Buck ...
Heinrich - Young Officer


It is 1915 in Vienna and the Great War has caused many casualties. Elsa decides to answer the patriotic appeals and help by working in the hospital, but her reputation causes her to be rejected. Because of her past, military intelligence wants her to find out whether an army major is spying for the allies. She meets the major at a dinner and they agree to meet later, but before she can keep the date, she is courted by a young naval officer named Karl. Falling in love, she ignores her spying assignment, but knows that she can never tell her new love about her life. When Karl has a chance to go on a heroic mission, Elsa sends him away with a dear Karl letter. However, the paths of these three people cross again and she decides what she must do. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Release Date:

7 August 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Registered Woman  »

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1.20 : 1
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Although the movie is based on a play, no production has been found. See more »


Referenced in Consolation Marriage (1931) See more »


Kaiserlied (Austrian National Anthem 1795-1918)
Music by Joseph Haydn (from "Kaiserquartett")
Lyrics by Lorenz Leopold Haschka
Played as background music often
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The Underrated Helen Twelvetrees
24 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Helen Twelvetrees stars as a classy prostitute in Vienna at the outbreak of World War I. After being turned down for any kind of war service because the country lists prostitutes in a registry, she's brought in by Austrian Intelligence and offered a deal. If she works as a spy, her name will be removed from the registry.

She is assigned the job of "befriending" Lew Cody, who is suspected of selling secrets. But while at a party with him, she meets the gaze of a young naval officer (William Bakewell). He's very innocent and believes her to be a "good girl." She falls in love and decides to ditch her spy job.

Everything goes well until he decides to apply for active submarine duty, leaving the girl alone. She decides to break off the affair and go back to spying. But several things happen to complicate the plan.

Twelvetrees is gorgeous as Elsa and gives a solid performance. Bakewell is surprisingly good as the naive officer. Cody plays is caddish role well. Others in the cast include Zasu Pitts as the maid who saves the day, H.B. Warner as the Intelligence officer, Nance O'Neil as the countess, C. Henry Gordon as a snarky officer, and Franklin Pangborn as a sailor.

Underrated and forgotten now, Helen Twelvetrees was, for a while, a big star.

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