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Noël Coward (play)
Ben Hecht (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 December 1933 (USA) See more »
A woman cannot decide between two men who love her, and the trio agree to try living together in a platonic friendly relationship. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fredric March ... Thomas B. 'Tom' Chambers

Gary Cooper ... George Curtis

Miriam Hopkins ... Gilda Farrell

Edward Everett Horton ... Max Plunkett

Franklin Pangborn ... Mr. Douglas, Theatrical Producer

Isabel Jewell ... Plunkett's Stenographer

Jane Darwell ... Curtis' Housekeeper

Wyndham Standing ... Max's Butler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cosmo Kyrle Bellew ... Man (uncredited)

Lionel Belmore ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Thomas Braidon ... Douglas' Second Manager (uncredited)

Nora Cecil ... Tom's Secretary (uncredited)
Emile Chautard ... Train Conductor (uncredited)

Mathilde Comont ... Heavy Woman (uncredited)

Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... Cafe Proprietress (uncredited)
James Donlan ... Fat Man with Ring (uncredited)
Harry Dunkinson ... Mr. Egelbauer (uncredited)
Helena Phillips Evans ... Mrs. Egelbauer (uncredited)

Charles K. French ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Theatre Chambermaid (uncredited)

Grace Hayle ... Woman on Staircase (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Englishman at Train (uncredited)
Armand Kaliz ... Mr. Burton (uncredited)

Colin Kenny ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)
George Savidan ... Boy (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Bed Salesman (uncredited)

Vernon Steele ... Douglas' First Manager (uncredited)
Mrs. Treboal ... Gilda's Landlady (uncredited)
Barry Winton ... Man (uncredited)
William Worthington ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Ernst Lubitsch 
Writing credits
Noël Coward (play) (as Noel Coward)

Ben Hecht (screenplay)

Samuel Hoffenstein  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Ernst Lubitsch .... producer
Original Music by
John Leipold (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Victor Milner 
Film Editing by
Frances Marsh (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Hippard .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
M.M. Paggi .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Roe .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Nat W. Finston .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
Gottfried Reinhardt .... assistant to mr. lubitsch (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Germany:0 | Portugal:M/12 | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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The the tenth most popular movie at the U.S. box office for 1933.See more »
Boom mic visible: Shadow of boom mic visible at train station.See more »
Gilda Farrell:It's true we had a gentleman's agreement, but unfortunately, I am no gentleman.See more »
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Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64See more »


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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant, 10 April 2006
Author: Caz1964 from England

This really is a great movie from 1933 and very ahead of its time.A young woman who is in love with two friends and is obviously sleeping with both of them must have shocked a more prudish audience back then i think it had been censored for a while.But never mind we can view it today knowing that there are a lot of gems like this one waiting to be rediscovered,its a shame that so many of the films made from this era are now lost.A modern audience wouldn't turn away from this film,as you don't expect a film from this era to be saucy and it is.Gary Cooper was a very nice actor and you can see why he was so popular back then,he had a very unusual style of being very masculine and at the same time very sensitive,he was great at picking the more complex roles,his characters weren't as one dimensional as most actors of this era.He was easily one of the most interesting actors of the 30s,this i would say was his best era in films.Unfortunately A Farewell To Arms is the only film you can buy in the UK from this era,i don't know why.Its sad that he is becoming a forgotten actor,i think we must have lost our imaginations a bit as we keep harbouring on with the John Waynes and the Cary Grants,and forget there were other classic actors around that don't deserve to be forgotten yet.

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