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A Woman of Experience (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 7 August 1931 (USA)
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
Captain Muller
Hans - a Sailor
A General
Bertha Mann ...
Red Cross Nurse
William H. Tooker ...
Alfred Hickman ...
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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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

7 August 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Registered Woman  »

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(Western Electric Equipment)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Hans - a Sailor: Any old port in a storm.
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Crazy Credits

Opening Title card: "Vienna 1914" 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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Big Sad Eyes
31 July 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Helen Twelvetrees is stunningly gorgeous, like an antique cameo in lace in this well-produced potboiler about a prostitute who goes to work fro Austrian counter-intelligence during the First World War. Of course she falls in love with an innocent naval lieutenant instead of concentrating on her job. Her big, sad eyes dominate almost every close-up and medium shot.

There's a lot of fun here for fans of old movies, from an early script by John Farrow to a cast of big names in the high-ranking supporting roles (Lew Cody, H.B. Warner) and skilled comedians (Zasu Pitt, Franklin Pangborn, Max Davidson) in the lower-ranks. In the end, though, this is a well-executed potboiler that depends on Helen Twelvetrees for its effect and she delivers.

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