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Release Date:
27 May 1932 (USA) See more »
A struggling writer divorces his wife to pursue his career without interference, but they meet in Europe years later after she has remarried. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Ann Harding ... Olivia Van Tyne Allen Ottendorf

Laurence Olivier ... Nicholas 'Nick' Allen

Zasu Pitts ... Mrs. Truesdale

Irving Pichel ... Harry Ottendorf
Juliette Compton ... Heniretta, Olivia's Cousin
Emmett King ... Mr. Henry P. Ottendorf
Florence Roberts ... Mrs. Ottendorf

Ethel Griffies ... Lady Caverly
Don Alvarado ... Count Felipe DeLatorie

Bonita Granville ... Little Olivia Allen (age 9)
Florence Lake ... Elmer's Wife
Edgar Kennedy ... Elmer
Herman Bing ... Otto Hoopengarner, the Dutchman
Irene Purcell ... Baroness Diane von Stael
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lita Chevret ... Woman at Party (uncredited)

Joyce Compton ... Lillie, the Model (uncredited)
Julie Haydon ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Nance O'Neil ... Mrs. von Stael (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Bartender (uncredited)
Al Thompson ... Chauffeur (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Milton 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Margaret Ayer Barnes  story
Bradley King  adaptation
Humphrey Pearson  dialogue

Produced by
Harry Joe Brown .... associate producer
David O. Selznick .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Lucien N. Andriot  (as Lucien Andriot)
Film Editing by
Charles Craft 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Costume Design by
Josette De Lima (uncredited)
Sound Department
Earl A. Wolcott .... sound recordist (as E.A. Wolcott)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Margaret Pemberton .... costume supervisor
Music Department
Max Steiner .... musical director
Harold Lewis .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Harry Tierney .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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73 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Nice Drama, 19 September 2003
Author: FERNANDO SILVA from Santiago de Chile.

I liked this movie, in fact I like very much Ann Harding's "natural" acting style, her fresh appearance, her smile, she's a great (& forgotten) talent, and she needs to be rediscovered, as the excellent actress (& star) she was in the early thirties. Thanks to TCM, I've been able myself to "discover" her luminous presence on the silver screen, because few of her films are available on any format, on the market.

Here she plays nicely opposite a very young Laurence Olivier, and they have wonderful chemistry, as a struggling couple of newlyweds, trying to cope with their "incompatibilities", he's an aspiring writer and she tries hard to be the "devoted" wife.

Nice support from Irving Pichel as Harding's eternal suitor, Juliette Compton as Harding's sophisticated cousin,... check for Bonita Granville's first film role, as Harding & Olivier's daughter, who looks very, very pretty...she's already got plenty of talent & that "je ne sais quois" that made her a child star, later in the decade, as the brat in Goldwyn's 1936 "These Three".

A quality picture.

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