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Vanessa: Her Love Story (1935)

Approved | | Drama | 1 March 1935 (USA)
The only person that Vanessa wants to marry is Benjamin and they are finally engaged. When a fire sweeps through her fathers house, Benjie is able to save Vanessa, but he cannot save her ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Benjamin Herries
Vanessa Paris
Ellis Herries
Adam Paris
Barney Newmark
Violet Kemble Cooper ...
Lady Herries
George - the Inn Owner
Agnes Anderson ...
Marion - the Barmaid
Will Leathwaite
Lady Mullion
Amery Herries
Timothy (as Craufurd Kent)
Howard Leeds ...


The only person that Vanessa wants to marry is Benjamin and they are finally engaged. When a fire sweeps through her fathers house, Benjie is able to save Vanessa, but he cannot save her already dead father. Since Vanessa blames him in her fathers death, they separate and Benjie marries Marion, the barmaid. After realizing that she was mistaken, Vanessa finds that he is married and she then reluctantly accepts the proposal of Ellis. However, Ellis is slowly going insane and Vanessa is not told. With her married life becoming intolerable, she tries to leave Ellis, but she cannot divorce him as long as he is insane. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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1 March 1935 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film was initially televised in Los Angeles Thursday 29 August 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Sunday 8 December 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by San Francisco 26 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and by New York City 3 March 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


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romantic, passionate, although dated
19 October 2002 | by (new york) – See all my reviews

I would say, that I enjoyed this movie, to a certain extent..... Because, it was romantic, touching, and it starred Robert Montgomery...... One of my fave actors, from the golden age...... He, and Helen Hayes had pleasant chemistry in this movie...... Right beside, Joan Crawford, as his best leading ladies....... Their likable chemistry, almost managed to distract me, from how dated, and old fashioned this movie was..... Which is the main reason, why the film didn't succeed in all ways...... Also, there were poor, dull, dated performances, from the miscast actor, who played Ellis, Vanessa's insane husband, and the barmaid woman...... There were some parts, that were unnecessary for the story, and made no effect anyway....... For example, about Robert Montgomery marrying the barmaid woman..... Many situations happened too quickly, like when Vanessa gets angry w/ Benjie, and then forgives him so quickly....... The film could've been stretched longer...... Otherwise, for those who enjoy romance movies, this is worth a look...... I also look forward, to watching other Robert & Helen Hayes movies soon......

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