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Release Date:
16 March 1933 (USA) See more »
In the late 1800s New England, banker William Marlowe and his wife Martha have arranged for their daughter... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Mary Pickford ... Mary Marlowe / Mary Carlton

Leslie Howard ... John Carlton

C. Aubrey Smith ... Mr. William Marlowe

Blanche Friderici ... Mrs. Martha Marlowe

Doris Lloyd ... Susan Channing

Herbert Evans ... Lord Hurley

Ned Sparks ... Sunshine
Allan Sears ... Jake Houser

Mona Maris ... Señora Lolita Martinez

Huntley Gordon ... William Carlton

Ethel Clayton ... Audrey Carlton

Bessie Barriscale ... Susan Carlton

Theodore von Eltz ... Robert Carlton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Randolph Connolly ... Robert Carlton as a Child (uncredited)

Virginia Grey ... Audrey Carlton as a Child (uncredited)
Ellen Johnson ... Susan Carlton as a Child (uncredited)

Florence Lawrence ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ... Outlaw (uncredited)

Broderick O'Farrell ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jerry Stewart ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lyman Williams ... William Carlton as a Young Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Borzage 
Writing credits
Frances Marion (written for the screen by)

Salisbury Field (additional dialogue) &
Leonard Praskins (additional dialogue)

Rudolph Besier (play) &
May Edginton (play) (as May Edington)

Produced by
M.C. Levee .... associate producer
Mary Pickford .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
Cinematography by
Ray June 
Film Editing by
Hugh Bennett 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Set Decoration by
Julia Heron 
Costume Design by
Production Management
Ed Ralph .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lew Borzage .... assistant director
Art Department
John Hoffman .... montage
Sound Department
Frank Maher .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Karl Rahmn .... still photographer (as K. O. Rahmn)
Charles Cline .... chief grip (uncredited)
George Hurrell Sr. .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bill McLellan .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Ray Heindorf .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... musical director (uncredited)

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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Two-year old Margie Campbell was cast as a baby, but was fired and replaced before her scenes were shot, because she would not stop crying.See more »
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A life made of small joys and big griefs, 10 September 2009
Author: dbdumonteil

Today ,I'm still wondering how Frank Borzage could make so many wonderful movies for so many years !Think of it!"Secrets" came after "A farewell to the arms" and just before "a man's castle" followed by "no greater glory" and "little man what now?"!And there were plenty of masterpieces in the silent era and there were so many to come afterward.Who can compete with him?I'd like to know! "Secrets" is more of the same : the lovers against the hostile world,two lovers who will "see it through for their love is true".It is composed of three parts ,apparently disparate ,but when the movie is over ,you feel it's a seamless whole ,mainly after the old folks want to be alone to share their secrets .

First part displays echoes of Romeo and Juliet ,complete with ladder ,a bourgeois family and a romantic escape;in the second part ,Borzage shows us the heroine in a less comfortable house where drama gives way to tragedy:this scene in which Mary Pickford is holding her dead child is one of these heartrending moments which abound in Borzage's canon : other examples can be found in "no greater glory" when they carry the dead little soldier home or in "the mortal storm" ,when James Stewart holds Margaret Sullavan's body or in "young America" this drawing which shows the two boys flying.The last third can seem weaker by comparison but further acquaintance shows this: Borzage had already anticipated the future and its great sagas/serials which appeared in the fifties :and he made this in about 40 minutes whereas the others would take two or three hours.

Borzage was certainly equaled,but never surpassed.

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