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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:
Three Lonely Hearts In Old China 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:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Background shots in China supervised by George W. Hill were also used in The Good Earth (1937).See more »
Quotes:
Katrin Koerber Fane:The water has to boil?
Dr. Walter Fane:They say the longer you watch it, the longer it takes.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Good Earth (1937)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »

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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Three Lonely Hearts In Old China, 3 August 2002
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

Married to a distracted English scientist, a beautiful Austrian finds forbidden love beyond THE PAINTED VEIL in China.

Based on a story by W. Somerset Maugham, this MGM film is soap opera of a high order, featuring excellent production values & acting. The dialogue is also refreshingly literate & thoughtful, something of a surprise in a film which might be pigeonholed as just an elaborate potboiler.

Fascinating as always, Greta Garbo is at last showcased in a film whose backdrop & setting matches her for exoticism. Enervated by the overwhelming cultural saturation of pre-war China, she seems freed to be essentially herself - shorn of all needs to bewitch - and is able to give herself over to the seriousness & drama of her character's dilemma. What the viewer is left with is one of her best performances.

The two men in Garbo's life are excellently portrayed by Herbert Marshall & George Brent. Neither characters are without faults, but the actors make them intimately human, revealing some of the loneliness in each man's heart. These actors had distinct similarities, making it something of a bold move for MGM to put them in the same film, but also enabling the viewer to understand why Garbo could love both.

Excellent support is given by gentle Jean Hersholt as Garbo's kindly father; Forrester Harvey as a happy-go-lucky embassy employee in China & Warner Oland as a sympathetic Chinese general.

Movie mavens will recognize Keye Luke as a young doctor and Mary Forbes & Ethel Griffies as British ladies in Hong Kong - all uncredited.

The Chinese scenes show MGM at what it did best - creating another world, utterly realistic, in its back lot.

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