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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 ...
Sen. Withers
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Babcock
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Sen. Hodge
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Mona
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Hinsdale
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Sen. 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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Release Date:

9 July 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Washington Whirlpool  »

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(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

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Hail to the Chief
(1810) (uncredited)
Written by James Sanderson
Played at the White House when the president descends the stairs
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Early Work of Cinematographer Greg Toland
3 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The most interesting part of this film for me was watching the early work of cinematographer Greg Toland. Years later Toland would photograph Citizen Kane. It is hardly a tour de force of his talents but it does have some of his touches on display. His use of composition in the foreground and background is here. So is his use of semi-deep focus and stark black and white contrasts. Toland was clearly ahead of his time when this was made in 1932. A film as a whole has the look of classic cinema. Very unusual for 1932.

The script is very wordy and tends to advance at a snails pace but Toland's interesting compositions kept it moving along for me.

Also interesting to me is the way this film foreshadows Mr Smith Goes To Washington. In Mr Smith, a young, naive senator goes to Washington and absolutely refuses to be drawn into a world of corruption. In Washington Masquerade just the opposite happens. The hero succumbs to first sexual and then monetary corruption. In that respect, I found it a more interesting idea than Mr Smith.


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