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Writers:
Ethel Pettit (based on the novel of the same name by)
Austin Parker (adaptation)
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Release Date:
21 May 1932 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Witty, Naughty and Gay . . a spectacular story of how the other half lives - and loves - and lies. See more »
Plot:
The ten year marriage of of Caroline Van Dyke and Greg Grannard is falling apart. A young woman, Allison... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Ruth Chatterton ... Caroline Grannard
George Brent ... Julian Tierney

Bette Davis ... Malbro
John Miljan ... Greg Grannard
Adrienne Dore ... Allison Adair
John Wray ... Clark Davis
Robert Warwick ... The Doctor
Walter Walker ... Dante
Virginia Hammond ... Flo
Berton Churchill ... Judge Bradshaw (as Burton Churchill)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edith Allen ... First Gossiper in 1900 (uncredited)
Cecil Cunningham ... Woman Talking to Tierney at Party (uncredited)
Bill Elliott ... Gambling Extra (uncredited)
Eula Guy ... Miss Drake (uncredited)
Ruth Hall ... Gossiper in 1930 (uncredited)
Ethel Kenyon ... Seated Gossiper in 1900 (uncredited)
Ruth Lee ... Second Gossiper in 1920 (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Club Member (uncredited)
Mae Madison ... First Gossiper in 1920 (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Max - Julian's Butler (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Club Clerk (uncredited)
Harry Stubbs ... Randall (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alfred E. Green 
 
Writing credits
Ethel Pettit (based on the novel of the same name by) (as E. Pettit)

Austin Parker (adaptation)

Produced by
Samuel Bischoff .... producer (uncredited)
Raymond Griffith .... supervising producer (uncredited)
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller (photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Marks (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Jack Okey 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns) (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Everett Alton Brown .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Ellis .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ellsworth Fredericks .... assistant camera (uncredited)
William Schurr .... second camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
W. Franke Harling .... composer: music cues (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
71 min
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Certification:
USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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The scene in this movie where George Brent lights two cigarettes and passes one to Ruth Chatterton is similar to one in 1942 movie Now Voyager which star Bette Davis who was a supporting player here. Most people incorrectly think that the idea was original to the 1942 film.See more »
Soundtrack:
What a Life! (Trying to Live Without You)See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The rich are not just with us but everywhere in this film ..., 3 April 2011
Author: calvinnme from United States

... in which even "the poor writer" (George Brent as Julian Tierney) has posh roomy quarters and a full time servant in the person of Max (Sam McDaniel, Hattie Mc Daniel's brother).

In 1932 Warner's capitalized on their recent raid of Paramount's talent to put one of those stars (Ruth Chatterton) in the kind of drama that she did so well - playing a woman of means in the Great Depression that the average person could relate to and even find likable. Here Ms. Chatterton plays Caroline, born "the richest girl in the world". At age 20 she marries successful stock broker Greg Grannard (John Miljan). Then the film fast forwards to ten years later. Caroline is enjoying a rather robust flirtation with writer Julian. Julian wants it to be more, but you get the feeling that Caroline, although fond of Julian, is just doing this to feed her vanity and assure herself that she is still desirable, that she doesn't really want to upset her life as she has been living it all of these years.

It would never occur to her that her husband might feel the same way. He too is carrying on with someone else - the bratty Allison, who, unlike Julian, is not respecting of her lover's desire to leave things as they are. She lures Greg into an embrace where Caroline is sure to spot them and it leads to Greg being granted the divorce that Allison wants him to get so she can get her hooks into him. Complicating matters is Bette Davis as Malbro (wherever did they get that name???) as a socialite who wants Julian at any price and I mean that literally. One of Malbro's selling points to Julian is that if he married her he wouldn't have to work anymore.

I found the story interesting and the performances superb. Chatterton especially shines in the scene where she, her husband, and Allison are discussing how to go forward - divorce, open marriage, end the affair - after she spots Allison and Greg together. She gives the part and the scene the dignity and the subtlety it requires to be believable. All through the film, even after the divorce, she struggles with her desire for continuity - represented by Greg who is still very much in her life - versus her desire for passion, represented by Julian, who wants her to cut off ties with Greg entirely and marry him.

Even in such a small part you see can see what made Bette Davis great. When she turns into a ball of fire on screen in the few scenes she had center stage you can see how she blew the frost right off the first generation of talking film actresses. An interesting aside - the iconic moment in "Now Voyager" where Paul Henreid lights two cigarettes in his mouth and passes one to Davis was actually done here first. This time it is in a moment shared between George Brent and Ruth Chatterton.

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