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The Washington Masquerade (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 9 July 1932 (USA)
US senator falls in love with a young woman, without realizing she's using him to back the lobbyist she works for.

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Jeff Keane
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Consuela Fairbanks
Diane Sinclair ...
Ruth Keane
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Brenner
Reginald Barlow ...
Senator Withers
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Babcock
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Senator Hodge
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Mona
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Hinsdale
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Senator Bitler (as Burton Churchill)
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Stapleton
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US senator falls in love with a young woman, without realizing she's using him to back the lobbyist she works for.

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Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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9 July 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Washington Whirlpool  »

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(Turner library print)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Henri Bernstein's play, "La griffe," opened in Paris, France, on 18 April 1906. It's translation and adaptation, "The Claw," by Edward Delaney Dunn and Louis Wolheim, opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 17 October 1921 and had 105 performances. Lionel Barrymore created his movie role in the play, which also included Ian Wolfe in the opening night cast. See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Whistled by Rafaela Ottiano
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Karen Morley is the real find
4 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This story of the travails or a new Senator in Washington obviously brings to mind the later "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington". Both men are idealistic freshman Senators, who's first name happens to be Jefferson. However, James Stewart is a young neophyte, while here Lionel Barrymore is a mature experienced lawyer. One sticks to his idealism despite being pressured by back room power brokers, while the other succumbs to the blandishments of sex and money.

The plot gives Barrymore ample opportunity to emote through several speeches and scenes. But the real find here is Karen Morley. She starts out as a Perle Mesta-type Washington hostess, while also being in the employ of lobbyists. Later she marries Barrymore, and for much of the mid portion of the film, one can almost believe she is actually falling in love with her much older husband and might eventually switch sides. However, towards the end she shows her true colors.

The final scenes seem hurried and the ending contrived. But the film is still worthwhile both for Ms. Morley acting and as a comparison to the later James Stewart picture.


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