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Faithless (1932)

 -  Drama  -  15 October 1932 (USA)
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Socialite Carol Morgan romps through the depression and her wealth while breaking up with Bill Wade and getting back together with him.

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Carol Morgan
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William 'Bill' Wade
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Mr. Peter M. Blainey
Maurice Murphy ...
Anthony 'Tony' Wade
Louise Closser Hale ...
First landlady
Anna Appel ...
Mrs. Mandel, Second Landlady
Lawrence Grant ...
Mr. Ledyard
Henry Kolker ...
Mr. Carter
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Socialite Carol Morgan romps through the depression and her wealth while breaking up with Bill Wade and getting back together with him.

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15 October 1932 (USA)  »

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Mulher Infiel  »

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[first lines]
Mr. Ledyard: [on the telephone] But Carol, this bank is your guardian. We're living in 1932, but you persist in spending money as if it were still '29, before the crash. You've forced me to eliminate your charities - even your father's most beloved project - the Morgan Home for Girls.
Carol Morgan: [lounging on her silk sheets] Fine. I don't believe in delinquent girls - silly weaklings.
Mr. Ledyard: But our records show that twenty-nine percent of them went on the street because they didn't have a bed to sleep in.
Carol Morgan: Oh, ...
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St. Louis Blues
(1914) (uncredited)
Written by W.C. Handy
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15 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

FAITHLESS is neither a great classic nor an artistic masterpiece nor even a very original story. In simple, straightforward fashion it tracks the downfall of a spoiled heiress (Tallulah Bankhead) ruined by the Depression who struggles between love for an ad executive (Robert Montgomery) and addiction to the high life which she can no longer afford. For a while she manages to sponge off old friends from her social circle but is rejected when it becomes clear to them that she is hopelessly broke. And down and down she goes. Her personal fate parallels that of the economy – from the hedonistic roaring 20's to the sober, desperate 30's. The movie even opens with a series of newspaper headlines tracking the progress of the economic downturn from late '29 until '32 when this plot goes into action.

The chief attraction is Bankhead, who made few films, most of them abysmal. This was one of the good ones. She is coiffed and made up to look like Garbo in GRAND HOTEL. The result is certainly striking from the neck up, though she looks a bit dumpy and ill-at-ease in some of Adrian's more extravagant gowns. No matter. With her distinctive voice, vivid personality, physical agility and polished theatrical diction, she never fails to delight or at least intrigue the viewer and this scenario gives her opportunities to explore a wide range of emotional states. There is nothing original about the fallen woman story, but Tallulah is a true original. She is in particularly fine form delivering witty banter, as in a scene in which she converses with Montgomery's brother (Maurice Murphy), who introduces himself as a metallurgist ("What kind of metal do you urge?") Lines like that roll off Bankhead's tongue with effortless aplomb. Montgomery is his usual spiffy self, delivering a competent, honest performance.

The strains of "St. Louis Blues" rise from the soundtrack as Bankhead contemplates prostitution as a way to get money. That melody was so often used as cinematic code for "prostitute" that someone should take a count.


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