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Writers:
John Meehan (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:
The Latest Version Has China, This Version Has Garbo 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)
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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:
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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)
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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: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 Divine Garbo (1990) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The Latest Version Has China, This Version Has Garbo, 26 September 2011
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

There have been three versions of The Painted Veil out and I've now seen the first and third versions. That second one with Eleanor Parker and Bill Travers came out in 1957 during the Cold War and I'm betting the plot was fitted for those times.

But the latest one with Edward Norton and Naomi Watts has the enormous advantage of shooting in China itself. It really helps the story to see exactly where and and what those doctors were dealing with. And the Chinese are the Chinese idea of the Chinese, not studio extras from Los Angeles's Chinatown. The emphasis was on the epidemic and the Chinese and their problems.

But this film has the incomparable Greta Garbo, billed here simply as Garbo. She dominates the film over her to workman like leads husband Herbert Marshall and lover George Brent. These guys were never going to steal any scenes from her.

Garbo more on a whim to see faraway places marries earnest, but exceedingly dull Herbert Marshall who is a doctor scheduled to go to China. But she bores quickly of him and gets an affair with British colonial official George Brent. Brent turns out to be a cad and then Marshall will have nothing to do with her. But a cholera epidemic comes and things work out.

The Painted Veil should have had Garbo come back and do this story again in 2006 on location in China. Even Naomi Watts wouldn't dispute Garbo being a better actress, who can compete with a legend?

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