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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 is luminous. Story is interesting. Execution is stale. 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)
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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:I like China very much. I like America too. I like all the places I haven't been.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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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Garbo is luminous. Story is interesting. Execution is stale., 29 July 2006
Author: Maciste_Brother from the rock

When I watched THE PAINTED VEIL, I thought that a remake should be made. Because the story has so much potential which couldn't have been explored sans restrictions in a movie made in the 1930s. Oddly enough, when I watched this film (early spring of 2006), it was announced that a remake of THE PAINTED VEIL was in the works and it's starring Naomi Watts in the role of Katrin. Well, after hearing this bit of news, I guess a good remake has yet to be made because casting Watts in the role played by Garbo is, well, ludicrous.

The best thing about the Garbo version of THE PAINTED VEIL is Garbo herself. She outshines the whole movie. Remove her from the film and, frankly, there's no reason to watch it. Garbo plays a very difficult role and pulls it off successfully. She beautifully underplays her role, which could have easily been fodder for scenery chewing if played by other actresses of that era. Watts has big shoes to fill.

The worst part of this version are two male co-stars, who aside from being almost indistinguishable from each other, are dull. It's hard to believe any woman would be interested in either of them, character or look-wise. And the production values, though good, aren't the most effective. Even though the budget was supposedly high for that time, there's a cheap, rushed feel to it (it was shot in two months!). No location film-making in China here. Another problem is the script which is obviously a truncated version of the W. Somerset Maugham novel. Something tells me big parts of the book were left out and the story in the film looks half complete. But the basis of this odd romance is still there and I find it fascinating. It's sorta like an anti-romance romantic story, or a reversed romantic story, which I've rarely seen before and having Garbo in this was perfect casting, because of she was such an unconventional star.

I rate the movie a 5 but because of Garbo, I give it a 7.

(P.S.: I finally read the book and did not like it at all. The Garbo film is an actual improvement)

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