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Another Language (1933)

Stella and Victor meet in Europe, fall deeply in love, and marry soon thereafter. Then they sail back to the States to meet Victor's family, and the honeymoon is over: Victor's family, ... See full summary »

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Louise Closser Hale ...
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Jerry Hallam
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Pop Hallam
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Helen Hallam
Willard Robertson ...
Harry Hallam
Irene Cattell ...
Grace Hallam
Minor Watson ...
Paul Hallam
Hal K. Dawson ...
Walter Hallam
Maidel Turner ...
Etta Hallam
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Stella and Victor meet in Europe, fall deeply in love, and marry soon thereafter. Then they sail back to the States to meet Victor's family, and the honeymoon is over: Victor's family, dominated by his manipulative mother, find Stella -- a free spirit -- pretentious and aloof. Their marriage starts to fall apart when Victor begins siding with his family instead of his wife. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net> and Determined Copy Editor

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28 July 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Depois da Lua de Mel  »

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$272,297 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Norma Shearer was scheduled to play the lead character, but decided to stay home to nurse her husband, Irving Thalberg, who was recovering from a heart attack. See more »

Quotes

Stella 'Stell' Hallam: I've given up trying to figure out what your family thinks, Vicky. They just speak another language. I know this though: that I don't care any more what they think.
Victor Hallam: Well, I care.
Stella 'Stell' Hallam: You've always cared.
Victor Hallam: When it comes right down to it, my family have a sense of values that's pretty sane and level-headed.
Stella 'Stell' Hallam: Yes, I know it.
Victor Hallam: You know it, but you don't believe it. Is that it?
Stella 'Stell' Hallam: I do believe it, Vicky. And I believe also that all the Hallams in all the world are always right. They're so sure they know what ...
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Version of Another Language (1952) See more »

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The Wedding of the Painted Doll
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played on the Victrola
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I wasn't so impressed by this one...
11 September 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The film begins with Robert Montgomery and Helen Hayes returning from a honeymoon following a whirlwind courtship and marriage. She is about to meet his family for the first time and she seems to have a sort of foreboding that things will not go well with them. This, to me, is poor writing--while I liked the film, how could Hayes have known this considering she never met the people?!. And, that's what happens--his family is very close but also rather catty and critical of newcomers while smothering of Montgomery--and Montgomery sees none of this. They are not especially welcoming of Hayes and nitpick her. All of this is led by Montgomery's mother--the matriarch and manipulating force in the family. At the same time, Helen's new nephew (John Beal) is unlike the rest of the family. Far from it--instead of being against her like the rest, he's obviously smitten with her. What will become of all this and how can this new marriage take all these external attacks--especially when the husband is clueless and self-absorbed?

I noticed that most of the reviewers really liked this film--and a few loved it. Well, I hate to be the odd man out, but I just didn't see what they saw in "Another Language". I felt that in addition to telegraphing the major conflict in the film it also suffered from several overwrought performances and a difficult to believe ending. It also, at times, was VERY talky. My feeling is that the plot idea's pretty good but that's all. I really think it would have benefited from allowing the problems to occur without forcing them---and this film felt rather contrived.


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