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The Garden of Eden (1928)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 4 February 1928 (USA)
Toni Le Brun, a beautiful Viennese singer, becomes the ward of the wardrobe mistress of a Monte Carlo nightclub. Her benefactor, however, is actually a baroness incognito. Toni falls in ... See full summary »

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Hanns Kräly (screen version) (as Hans Kraly), Avery Hopwood (based on the play adapted by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Corinne Griffith ... Toni Lebrun
Louise Dresser ... Rosa
Lowell Sherman ... Henri D'Avril
Maude George ... Madame Bauer
Charles Ray ... Richard Dupont
Edward Martindel ... Col. Dupont
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Toni Le Brun, a beautiful Viennese singer, becomes the ward of the wardrobe mistress of a Monte Carlo nightclub. Her benefactor, however, is actually a baroness incognito. Toni falls in love with the handsome Richard, but as they prepare to marry, she comes to believe he is only after the wealth accompanying her new noble status. But truth, like true love, will not be kept secret long. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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CORINNE GRIFFITH in "THE GARDEN OF EDEN" In Modern Dress (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Garten Eden See more »

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Production Co:

Feature Productions See more »
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Runtime:

(DVD) | (2002 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (one sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Avery Hopwood's English adaptation of the play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 27 September 1927 but had only 23 performances. The opening night cast included Barbara Barondess, Harlan Briggs, Miriam Hopkins, Douglass Montgomery and Alison Skipworth. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 2002, Flicker Alley, LLC copyrighted a new version with an organ score arranged and conducted by 'Robert Israel (II)'. It was produced by Jeffery Masino and runs 79 minutes. See more »

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In the best romantic style
12 September 2001 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

This is a delightful film based upon a play by Avery Hopwood, an adaption of a work by Rudolph Bernauer and Rudolf Oesterreicher, featuring a radiant and vivacious Corinne Griffith as Toni LeBrun, a would-be diva who is adopted as ward by a baroness (Louise Dresser) who takes her to Monte Carlo where romantic adventures then take place. The work is directed by Lewis Milestone, one of the few Americans who may be described as a cinematic auteur, predicated upon his clear stylistic methods, in evidence here in this leisurely paced effort, in particular with clever establishing, long and detail shots used in the seamless decoupage typical of silent filmmaking at its best, and certainly present in this influential picture. The keen expressivity of art director William Cameron Menzies and the technically flawless cinematography of John Arnold are absorbed by Milestone as this trio combine in presenting a stream of interesting imagery, some of which has been copied but not bettered in the sound era. A highly polished supporting cast backs Griffith, notably Charles Ray as her romantic favorite, Lowell Sherman as a knavish would-be nobleman, Maude George, who portrays an androgynous stage manager and Dresser in a typically well-defined performance as Toni's adoptive mother. Rosa Rio, at the Wurlitzer, plays the original score with a great deal of wit and neatly interpretive passage-work; a perfect aural mating with a sublimely visual feast.


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