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Public Opinion (1935)

A scientist's obsessive jealousy about his wife, a professional opera singer, endangers their marriage.

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Mona Trevor / Anne Trevor
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Paul Arnold
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Joan Nash
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Caparini
Andrés de Segurola ...
Enrico Martinelli
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Carlos Duran
Ronnie Cosby ...
Tommy Arnold
Florence Roberts ...
Mrs. Buttons
Gertrude Sutton ...
Martha, the Maid
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Mr. Trevor
Edward Keane ...
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Maid
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Richard Carlyle ...
Dr. Rand
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A scientist's obsessive jealousy about his wife, a professional opera singer, endangers their marriage.

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15 March 1935 (USA)  »

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A Gentlemen's Agreement  »

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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place on the West Coast in Los Angeles 21 June 1951 on KTTV (Channel 11), and in San Francisco Monday 4 May 1953 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

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No Rhyme, No Reason
15 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is about a man who is jealous. A wife who is an Opera singer. And a son who's just a son. It starts with the wife, the Opera singer. Her lead costar is infatuated with her. The husband keeps running into the two together in out of contexted moments. He thinks his wife is having an affair. She's not. She protests that she isn't but he's so jealous that he ends up wanting a divorce and he fights for custody of their son. It zooms in on the clock in the judge's chambers and shows many hours go by, and the husband's lawyer shows how unfit of a mother the wife is based on the actions of other people. It never shows her defense. And why should it? She's unfit, it clearly shows she is.

She, after the divorce, goes to Milan and the costar who's in love with her follows her and it's all the news: they're lovers! even though they're not. They're in an Opera together in Milan but who cares! She's a slut, apparently. Also, apparently, a drunk. They show two scenes of her being drunk.

Walk in the lovely, nice, kind, gentle neighbor who slowly falls in love with the husband (after the divorce, not before) but oh, the son gets sick, deathly sick and this sweet, gentle neighbor turns into a cruel heartless fiend who lies to the ex-wife's sister about how her son has all forgotten about his mother, and doesn't love her anymore.

This film was so stupid. The acting was average to poor. The direction was paint-by-numbers, the writing was terrible, and the little music actually in the film (such as the Opera) was minimal and uninteresting.

They have so much going on in this film that nothing is really going on. And I knew before they did it that they were going to turn the kind neighbor into a horrible person, I just didn't think they'd wait until the last 15 minutes of the film to do it. The ending was abysmal. I rolled my eyes several times.

The son and the kind neighbor (until the last 15 or so minutes) were the only good things about this film. The film would have been better if they didn't have to have a "bad guy" in this but then looking at the characters, the only good character (seemingly) was the son.

It's good to watch old films especially ones as obscure as this but ...


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