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When a Man Loves (1927)

Passed | | History, Romance | 21 August 1927 (USA)
A nobleman studying for the priesthood abandons his vocation in 18th Century France when he falls in love with a beautiful, but reluctant, courtesan.

Director:

Alan Crosland

Writer:

Bess Meredyth (adapted by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Barrymore ... Chevalier Fabien des Grieux
Dolores Costello ... Manon Lescaut
Warner Oland ... André Lescaut
Sam De Grasse ... Comte Guillot de Morfontaine
Holmes Herbert ... Jean Tiberge
Stuart Holmes ... Louis XV - King of France
Bertram Grassby ... Le Duc de Richelieu
Tom Santschi ... Captain of Convict Boat
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Storyline

Fabien des Grieux, a divinity student, comes to the rescue of a beautiful girl, Manon Lescaut, when her brother tries to "sell" her to the lecherous Comte Guillot de Morfontaine. Fabien and Manon fall in love and he abandons his priestly ambitions. But de Morfontaine has no intention of giving up his desire to possess Manon. She again falls into his clutches. Fabien, borrowing on his father's wealth, transforms himself into a gentleman gambler and moves into court society. But there he discovers that Manon is endangered not only by the cruel de Morfontaine, but by the King of France himself. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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To love her meant-disaster...he fought the world and wrecked his life! (Print Ad-San Jose Evening News, (San Jose, Calif.)) 8 December 1927)

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History | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Manon Lescaut See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$885,699, 31 December 1928
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print) (2006 restoration)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone) (musical score and sound effects)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The 2009 Warner Archive DVD boxcover is incorrect. The photo on the box front is from another movie, the United Artist film The Beloved Rogue (1927). Both films were, however, directed by 'Alan Crosland' and starred John Barrymore. See more »

Goofs

Noble Johnson's character is termed "An Apache," a French word which would imply he was a brutal pimp. That term did not come into use until the early 20th Century. See more »

Quotes

Chevalier Fabien des Grieux: All together - pull - you degenerate breed of mangy dungeon rats!
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Version of Manon Lescaut (1926) See more »

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Was Another Vitaphone Triumph For Warner Brothers
17 April 2006 | by zpzjonesSee all my reviews

I must admit I've only seen one clip, of this rumored to be picturesque silent, on an old HBO documentary on the 1920s. That was in the early 1980s. This film treatment on the much filmed Manon Lescaut romance story is known to exist. It is not a lost film yet it is almost never seen even though it would presumably be owned by Turner Classics being a Warner Bros. silent. This was the film in which Ethel Barrymore upon seeing commented that her brother John Barrymore basically threw his part away in order for Dolores Costello, then Barrymore's girlfriend and soon to be wife, to standout and shine. Costello was then concurrently starring in Warner's "Old San Francisco"(1927), which had a Vitaphone pre-recorded soundtrack. WAML was John Barrymore's third and final film in a three picture deal with Warner Brothers and it followed the better know Don Juan. WAML had a Vitaphone pre-recorded soundtrack with musical score & sound effects, the same as Don Juan. Vitaphone was the pioneer system where the music, sound effects, speech etc. was recorded on an LP type of wax disc rather than the later standard of film. Byron Haskin, WAML's Cinematographer, said in an interview that this was a wonderful story to photograph and was superior to Don Juan photographically in many respects IHHO. Incidentally director Alan Crosland seemed to be involved with all things Vitaphone & Warner Brothers at this time. He was not only the director of WAML but the aforementioned Old San Francisco & Don Juan as well as the talking film breakthrough The Jazz Singer. Maybe one day Turner Classics will surprise everyone and resurrect WAML, a late silent/major studio obscurity. Perhaps some kind of restoration is in order and that includes the original pre-recorded soundtrack if it exists. I'm sure it's as gorgeous as Don Juan's soundtrack.


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