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The Painted Veil (1934)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  23 November 1934 (USA)
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A wife neglected by her husband, a medical researcher in China, falls in love with a dashing diplomatic attaché.

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George Brent ...
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Herr Koerber
Bodil Rosing ...
Frau Koerber
Katharine Alexander ...
Cecilia Parker ...
Olga
Soo Yong ...
Amah
Forrester Harvey ...
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Robert Adair ...
Polo Player (scenes deleted)
Mariska Aldrich ...
German Teacher (scenes deleted)
Maidena Armstrong ...
German (scenes deleted)
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Bridegroom (scenes deleted)
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Frau Koerber (scenes deleted)
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In Austria, Katrin is lonely after her sister's marriage and she agrees to marry her father's research associate Dr. Walter Fane. Fane takes her to China but constantly ignors her in favour of his medical research. Lonely Katrin has an affair with Jack Townsend of the British Embassy. When it is discovered by Walter he becomes very bitter. Fane travels to fight a cholera epidemic and Katrin goes with him and helps. They grow closer together than ever before but Walter is knifed in a riot incited by the burning of a cholera infested town. Now their new found happiness will depend on Walter's survival. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Do not pass love by...It may never come again!

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

23 November 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Boyali peçe  »

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Budget:

$947,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Background shots in China supervised by George W. Hill were also used in The Good Earth (1937). See more »

Quotes

Katrin Koerber Fane: [after Townsend impulsively kisses Katrin] How could you?
Jack Townsend: I could.
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Version of The Seventh Sin (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played as background music in the wedding scene
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Wish this was in the box set.
21 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Garbo is luminous in this adaptation of the Somerset Maugham story "The Painted Veil." It's a beautiful, lavish production with great direction from Clarence Brown. The story is a nice adaptation, if truncated. The stars are in especially fine form. George Brent plays a convincing cad. Herbert Marshall is in the role he always played best, as the sincere and kind, but neglected, husband. Other reviewers who noted the morality of the story are correct--this is one of those films which inspires those who watch it to be good people. The moving love story wins the viewer over by the end of the film.

The score and cinematography were lush. The Asian sets were intriguingly exotic and fun to look at. Also interesting were the title scenes at the beginning of the film, in which the name GARBO stays behind the credits. Truly indicative of the heights Garbo's star power had reached by the time THE PAINTED VEIL was released!


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