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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:
Garbo after the code 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)
Clarence Sinclair Bull .... 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)
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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:
Katrin Koerber Fane:[to Townsend] You seem to be like a Chinese garden fountain... everywhere one turns.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Good Earth (1937)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Garbo after the code, 25 October 2009
Author: calvinnme from United States

This film has some rather fantastic elements about it, mainly that Greta Garbo would be playing a spinster, and that having several suitors - as her mother claims that she has - she would hastily accept a marriage proposal from someone for whom she has absolutely no passion. In this case it is Herbert Marshall playing both an unloved husband and a devoted medical researcher into the cause and prevention of cholera. The other fantastic element is trying to believe that there is any chemistry between Garbo and "the other man, George Brent. Brent - who was so wonderful with Kay Francis, Bette Davis, and Ruth Chatterton - is here no more attractive than the husband he is trying to supplant. He has all the chemistry of a cardboard box.

The best part of the film is once Marshall realizes he has been cuckolded and makes an ultimatum to his faithless wife. He has just learned of a raging cholera epidemic in inland China and must go there and try to get it under control. His wife can stay behind if Brent's character agrees to get a divorce, in which case she can also have one. If he does not agree to this, then Garbo must come along with him on his expedition and thus be exposed to the most extreme danger.

This was one of Garbo's first films after the production code came into effect earlier in 1934. There were so many limits put on what could be said and shown and even insinuated that it really put a damper on what was supposed to be a pretty torrid love triangle. Trying to perform in a moral straight jacket is probably what really cost this film its potential edge. I'd recommend this for Garbo completists only.

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