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Writers:
John Meehan (screen play) &
Salka Viertel (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
23 November 1934 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Do not pass love by...It may never come again!
Plot:
A wife neglected by her husband, a medical researcher in China, falls in love with a dashing diplomatic attaché. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Maugham's story, much improved. See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Greta Garbo ... Katrin
Herbert Marshall ... Walter Fane
George Brent ... Jack Townsend

Warner Oland ... General Yu

Jean Hersholt ... Herr Koerber
Bodil Rosing ... Frau Koerber
Katharine Alexander ... Mrs. Townsend
Cecilia Parker ... Olga
Soo Yong ... Amah
Forrester Harvey ... Waddington
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adair ... Polo Player (scenes deleted)
Mariska Aldrich ... German Teacher (scenes deleted)
Maidena Armstrong ... German (scenes deleted)

Billy Bevan ... Bridegroom (scenes deleted)

Beulah Bondi ... Frau Koerber (scenes deleted)

Walter Brennan ... (scenes deleted)
W.H. Davis ... German (scenes deleted)
Vernon Dent ... Chief of Police (scenes deleted)
Flora Finch ... German (scenes deleted)
Lawrence Grant ... English Governor (scenes deleted)
Leyland Hodgson ... Polo Player (scenes deleted)
Otto Hoffman ... Husband (scenes deleted)
Jane Keckley ... German Teacher (scenes deleted)
Lillian Leighton ... German Teacher (scenes deleted)
Gus Leonard ... Major Domo (scenes deleted)
Jack 'Tiny' Lipson ... Fat Man (scenes deleted)
Mary MacLaren ... Motherly Woman (scenes deleted)
Robert McKenzie ... Jovial German (scenes deleted)
Phil Ormsby ... Polo Player (scenes deleted)
Jack Perry ... Polo Player (scenes deleted)
Delmar Watson ... Crying Boy (scenes deleted)
Dorothea Wolbert ... Stuttering Woman (scenes deleted)
Ricca Allen ... Fish-Faced Mother (uncredited)
Alice Cooke ... Curious Woman (uncredited)
Jack Don ... Chinese Officer (uncredited)
Herbert Farjeon ... Dr. Simons (uncredited)
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Braithwaite (uncredited)

Ethel Griffies ... Lady Coldchester (uncredited)
Jeffrey Halse ... Ricketts (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Dr. Somerset (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Englishman (uncredited)
Jane Kerr ... Cruel Woman (uncredited)
Laura Lau ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Lillian Lawrence ... Spinster (uncredited)
Eddie Lee ... Fane's Chinese Servant (uncredited)
Richard Loo ... Chinese Peasant (uncredited)

Keye Luke ... Shay Key Fong (uncredited)
Margaret Mann ... Mother Superior (uncredited)
Leo McCabe ... Pendergrass (uncredited)
Toshia Mori ... Specialty Dancer - the Maiden (uncredited)
Henry Mowbray ... Lord Coldchester (uncredited)
Leonard Mudie ... Barrett - Townsend's Secretary (uncredited)
Louie Oui ... Specialty Dancer - the Sun God (uncredited)
Susanne Ransom ... Child (uncredited)
Camille Rovelle ... Fish-Faced Girl (uncredited)
Y.C. Shui ... Tong Chin (uncredited)
Terry Spencer ... Horse Groom (uncredited)
Lee Tinn ... Dr. Jupie (uncredited)
Hans von Morhart ... Heinrich - the Bridegroom (uncredited)
James Wang ... Curio Shop Proprietor (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Extra in Hong Kong Scene (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Boleslawski 
 
Writing credits
John Meehan (screen play) &
Salka Viertel (screen play) and
Edith Fitzgerald (screen play)

W. Somerset Maugham (from the novel by)

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (photographed by) (as William Daniels)
 
Film Editing by
Hugh Wynn (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert A. Golden .... assistant director (uncredited)
Horace Hough .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Alexander Toluboff .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Art Wilson .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Milton Brown .... still photographer (uncredited)
George W. Hill .... supervising photographer: China (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Wayne Allen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Chester Hale .... stager: Chinese fantasy
Hubert I. Stowitts .... conceiver: Chinese fantasy (as Stowitts)
 
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Runtime:
85 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #395) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)
Filming Locations:

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Trivia:
Most contemporary reviewers list Beulah Bondi in the role of Frau Koerber, but Bodil Rosing is credited onscreen and is in the movie. She probably replaced Bondi in the retakes. Similarly, Billy Bevan was replaced by Hans von Morhart.See more »
Quotes:
Jack Townsend:[to Katrin] I think you're the most curious curio in all China.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Divine Garbo (1990) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Maugham's story, much improved., 25 October 2009
Author: Irie212 (irie212@gmail.com) from New York City

The best adaptation of Maugham may be "The Letter," but this version of "The Painted Veil," which substantially changes his ending, is very nearly as good-- as subtle, as elegant, and as satisfying as a work of art. Both examine the profound differences and similarities that exist between passion and love, but this film goes deeper, looking at the glory that ensues when, at length, love and passion bloom together.

Much credit goes to William Daniels, who was D.P. for directors from Stroheim to Ichikawa to Bud Yorkin. His framing and silvery lighting give even greater weight to the superb performances by Garbo and the masterful Herbert Marshall. Together Daniels and director Boleslawski allow the two actors to deliver the very affecting and very adult dialog with rare dignity and feeling.

The two kitchen scenes in particular, one in the first sequence, and one near the end, are flawless, and all the better because of being parallels, and because the dialog employs the sheer force of elemental simplicity. In the second scene,when cholera-fighting Marshall finally speaks of his wife's infidelity, he humbly takes some of the blame, saying, "I went blind… a little mad. But if all the men who were hurt simply quit — bad business." Garbo at last begins to understand and replies, "Being in love, and letting it smash things as I have, I thought it had the right of way, I really did." She finally realizes that passion, such as hers for her lover, can be both deeply felt and utterly shallow.

One more note about the visual genius on display. A standard cliché, fireworks,is used to suggest orgasm, but it is done as brilliantly and thrillingly as I've ever seen: eight or nine bursts of sparks shoot into the frame, like nothing so much as ejaculation.

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