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Strange Interlude (1932)

Passed | | Drama | 15 July 1932 (USA)
After Nina Leeds finds out that insanity runs in her husband's family, she has a love child with a handsome doctor and lets her husband believes the child is his.

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(from the play by), (dialogue continuity) | 1 more credit »
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Storyline

The thoughts that people think are never the same as the words they speak - and in this movie, we can hear the thoughts. Gordon Shaw was a flyer who was shot down and killed during WWI. Nina would have married him before he left, but her father forbade the marriage. Charlie is a friend, but Nina does not love him and he is too timid- too shy - to tell her the way that he feels about her. Sam is her husband and her love disappears after the ceremony when she finds out that there is mental illness in his family and that there can be no children. To have the child she wants, but cannot have with Sam, she has a secret affair with Ned, who wants her to leave Sam. Gordon is the result of the affair, but he does not know Ned is his real father. Nina continues to play with the emotions of all three men and devote herself only to Gordon. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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15 July 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Strange Interval  »

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$408,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Maureen O'Sullivan first met Gable on the set, he was in his old man make-up. He asked her out on a horse-riding date, but thinking he was too old for her, she turned him down. Later when she was doing some voice-overs, she saw him without make-up and regretted her decision. Gabe never asked her out again. See more »

Quotes

Nina Leeds: Did she mind because Charlie Marsden drove us down here?
Sam Evans: Of course not, why should she?
Nina Leeds: I don't know? I thought she was rather upset when he decided to stay overnight.
[Inner thoughts]
Nina Leeds: She acted so queerly. Seemed anxious to get me alone.
Sam Evans: She's such a fussy old lady. She's probably afraid he'd criticize the bed sheets.
Nina Leeds: Ha-ha. He probably did!
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Version of American Playhouse: Strange Interlude (1988) See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Sung a cappella by children at the birthday party
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An odd little experiment of a film
11 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was an adaptation of a Eugene O'Neill play in which the characters express themselves through thought rather than dialogue. Boy genius Irving Thalberg usually carefully guided the career of his wife, Norma Shearer, but after a long string of talking picture victories he must have been just a little too sure of himself this time. This project had everything that makes a great MGM drama - good production values, great cast, and an interesting story. It also has the odd device of the players making odd silent-era type faces and gestures while their inner thoughts are expressed in voice-overs. This last little item makes it an unintentionally funny film. Didn't anyone involved in this project see Groucho Marx' "strange interlude" scene in Animal Crackers two years before and see how all of this might play out comically instead of dramatically as intended? I guess not.

Anyways, I do not agree with the low rating here. It really is an interesting story if you can just look/listen past the "strange audibles". I'd still recommend it.


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