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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 ... King Louis XV
Bertram Grassby ... Duc de Richelieu
Tom Santschi ... Captain of Convict Ship
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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- and Consuming Joy. (Print Ad- Douglas Daily Dispatch, ((Douglas, Ariz.)) 2 February 1928) See more »

Genres:

History | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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

Roulette began appearing at gambling houses in France in 1796, 22 years after the reign of Louis XV ended. See more »

Quotes

Comte Guillot de Morfontaine: Throw him into the Bastile!
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Connections

Version of The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Manon Lescaut (1980) See more »

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When Barrymore Loves Costello
13 May 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In an old French cathedral town, during the reign of Louis XV, devoted churchman John Barrymore (as Chevalier Fabien des Grieux) is studying to become a Priest. One May morning, virginal Dolores Costello (as Manon Lescaut) arrives at the musty convent, like "a flower freshly plucked from the countryside"; when Mr. Barrymore sees Ms. Costello, the seeds of romance are firmly planted. Meanwhile, Costello's scheming brother Warner Oland (as André Lescaux) decides to prostitute sister Costello. Barrymore overhears Mr. Oland's plotting, and whisks Costello off to Paris. Eventually, Costello feels the lure of jewels and pretty clothes; and, Barrymore is torn between lust and the Lord.

Sheer nonsense, but extremely well-produced - firstly, Alan Crosland's "When a Man Loves" is another great opportunity to see star lovers Barrymore and Costello (who would soon marry off-screen). Oland and the man he sells Costello to, Sam de Grasse (as Monsieur Guillot de Morfontaine), head up a delightful supporting cast. Look out for a hilariously over-painted Bertram Grassby (as Le Duc de Richelieu), Tom Santschi sneeringly captaining the convict boat, and pretty prisoner Myrna Loy. The convict ship trip ending, with its swelling Vitaphone soundtrack, and Barrymore going ballistic... all fantastic. Barrymore's performance becomes amazing. Don't desert the ship - keep watching until the exciting ending payoff.

******** When a Man Loves (2/3/27) Alan Crosland ~ John Barrymore, Dolores Costello, Warner Oland


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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
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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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