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Writers:
Donald Ogden Stewart (screen play)
Francis Marion Crawford (based upon the novel)
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Release Date:
14 April 1933 (USA) See more »
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Only the producers of the immortal "Smilin' Through" are capable of bringing to the talking screen such a love story with such tenderness, tears and beauty... See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Helen Hayes ... Angela Chiaromonte

Clark Gable ... Giovanni Severi
Lewis Stone ... Prince Chiaromonte
Louise Closser Hale ... Mina

May Robson ... Mother Superior

Edward Arnold ... Father Saracinesca
Alan Edwards ... Ernesto Traversi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gene O'Brien
Richard Bennett ... Cardinal Giving Vows (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Agostino Borgato ... Patriotic Citizen (uncredited)
Nora Cecil ... Extra at Carnival (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Enrico - Guido's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Lumsden Hare ... Commander (uncredited)
Anthony Jowitt ... Undetermined Role (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Greta Meyer ... German Mother (uncredited)
Inez Palange ... (uncredited)

Nat Pendleton ... Corporal Cessano (uncredited)
Frank Puglia ... Celebrating Soldier (uncredited)
William Stack ... Colonel Booth (uncredited)
Donald Ogden Stewart ... Rear End of a Horse (uncredited)
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Directed by
Victor Fleming (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Donald Ogden Stewart (screen play)

Francis Marion Crawford (based upon the novel) (as F. Marion Crawford)

Walter C. Hackett (dramatized by) (as Walter Hackett)

Francis Marion Crawford  play (uncredited)
Charles MacArthur  uncredited

Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (photographed by) (as William Daniels)
 
Film Editing by
Margaret Booth (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cullen Tate .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
G.A. Burns .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Elmer Dyer .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
105 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 27 September 1909 and closed on 6 November 1909 after 48 performances. The opening night cast included William Farnum as Giovanni and Viola Allen in the female lead. Allen played the same role in the 1915 version of the movie.See more »
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Referenced in The Miracle (1959)See more »
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Finiculi, FiniculaSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Fates Just Keep Them Apart, 12 September 2011
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

This version of The White Sister is the third and final one to date that was brought to the big screen. This old fashioned drama with heavy religious overtones is not a likely candidate for a modern remake.

It's that second version that is the most known. Shot in Italy in 1923 it was the breakout picture for Ronald Colman as he starred with Lillian Gish and a cast of Italian players because the film was shot on location in Italy, a very unusual thing for the time.

In the Citadel Film Series book the Films of Ronald Colman, it was mentioned that Colman had a swarthy complexion and that was why this erudite man of the English speaking language was cast in the film. The same could be said for the casting of Clark Gable as the male lead opposite Helen Hayes in this sound version.

The story was updated from the 19th century and the Italian colonial wars in Libya to World War I. Gable is an air ace in the Italian Air Corps and he meets Helen Hayes who is the daughter of the local nobleman Lewis Stone. He's got an arranged marriage with wealthy Alan Edwards who will help this noble, but impoverished family out of debt. But Helen wants Clark after spending a little time with him.

But fates just keep them apart, especially after Lewis Stone is killed in an automobile crash and Gable goes off to World War I. Other than the updating of the time of the story and the elimination of a sister for Hayes, if you've seen the Colman-Gish silent version you know what happens here.

Someone like Tyrone Power who was a few years away from breaking into stardom at another studio would have been far better at handling the mushy romantic dialog. Certainly Ronald Colman might have done well with it even though he was British to the core. Gable is too American for the part though he does his best with it. The female lead is very suitable to Helen Hayes, especially with her Catholic background.

Fans of Clark Gable will still like The White Sister, but it will never be rated among his better films.

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