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Angel (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 29 October 1937 (USA)
A woman and her husband take separate vacations, and she falls in love with another man.

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Maria 'Angel' Barker, aka Mrs. Brown
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Sir Frederick Barker
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Anthony 'Tony' Halton
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Graham
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Christopher 'Chris' Wilton
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Grand Duchess Anna Dmitrievna
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Mr. Greenwood
Dennie Moore ...
Emma MacGillicuddy Wilton
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Prince Vladimir Gregorovitch (scenes deleted)
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A woman and her husband take separate vacations, and she falls in love with another man.

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I want love - and I'm going to get it!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Paramount paid $8,500 for Melchior Lengyel's play. The film length was gradually cut from 2916.94m (11 reels) to 2478.33m (nine reels) after pre-release showings in New York City and six California cities from 25 July 1937 to 13 September 1937. See more »

Quotes

Maria: What's the matter, darling? Is it France?
Sir Frederick: No, no. It's Yugoslavia.
Maria: Oh, I see.
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Referenced in Pestañas postizas (1982) See more »

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The Barber of Seville
(1816) (uncredited)
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Excerpt hummed by Edward Everett Horton
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How has it been overlooked?
19 January 2007 | by (Berkeley, CA) – See all my reviews

Lubitsch is recognized as one of the great directors of the 30s, and yet this wonderful film is not on any of the usual critical lists of notable films. Perhaps it was too modern for its time. It is perhaps Dietrich's best English performance (though even here she could be a bit more subtle), but the real star is the director, shining in the shots he composes and performances he coaxes from his actors. Lubitsch is a master of subtlety, and when he places important moments off-screen, it is in such a way as to heighten their impact. Since the censorship code is in effect, the sexual elements are cleverly concealed. For example, Halton and Barker discover that in Paris they both visited the same... seamstress. The naive Hays Office must have thought that was the joke, but the real joke is on them for it is clear--at least today--that the two did not visit her to get their sewing done. The sophistication of the film is unusual for its time.

Pages could be written about this film. Suffice it to say that if you like 30s film at all, see this. In certain moments, it feels perfect. Probably one of the top 25 of the decade.


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