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A Woman of Affairs (1928)

Not Rated | | Drama | 15 December 1928 (USA)
When two childhood sweethearts are kept from marrying, misery ensues.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Michael Arlen (from a story by), Marian Ainslee (titles) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Diana Merrick
John Gilbert ... Neville Holderness
Lewis Stone ... Dr. Hugh Trevelyan
Johnny Mack Brown ... David Furness (as John Mack Brown)
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Jeffry Merrick
Hobart Bosworth ... Sir Morton Holderness
Dorothy Sebastian ... Constance
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Storyline

Even when Diana, Neville and David played together as children, Diana knew that she loved Nevs. But Morton, Nevs' father, did not like any Merrick. Since Nevs did not have any money, Morton sent him off to Egypt to work and also talked him out of marrying Diana before he left. Diana waited two years and then married David, who Jeffry thought was the greatest thing since sliced bread. While in Paris, David jumps to his death when the cops come after him and Diana lies about the reason for the sake of Jeffry. Of course Jeffry, who has been a drunk all his life, cuts all ties with Diana. While Nevs still loves Diana, she does not return to England for seven years - just 3 days before Nevs' wedding to Constance. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Love-mad escapades...noble passions! See more »

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The shot where Johnny Mack Brown takes a Brodie off the building was reused as a stock shot for a similar dive by Elisha Cook in RKO's "The Falcon's Alibi" (1946). See more »

Goofs

When Diana-as-a-little-girl rides her bike into the tree, you can clearly see the cut where the little girl (with short legs and her foot off the pedal) becomes the stunt-double (with long legs and her foot on the pedal). See more »

Quotes

Neville: Constance is outside. Will you go and talk to her? It was only honorable to bring her along.
Hugh: [Sarcastically] Oh, yes - honor. We mustn't forget that.
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Alternate Versions

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer also released this picture as a totally silent movie. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Checking Out: Grand Hotel (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Garbo Valsen
Music by Henry Southerland
Lyrics by Arne Riesinger
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Entertaining and melodramatic
10 January 2020 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

I'd seen the remake Outcast Lady before I rented the original silent version A Woman of Affairs. In both stories, the plot is heavily censored from the novel, but if you don't know what's been cut it still seems entertaining and complex.

In this cast, Greta Garbo is in love with her childhood friend, John Gilbert, but his father doesn't approve. When he sends his son away for a years-long business trip, Greta retaliates by marrying her brother's best friend, Johnny Mack Brown. On their wedding night, Johnny gets upset and commits suicide, but since Greta refuses to tell anyone why he was so upset, everyone assumes it was her fault. Her brother, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., in particular, blames her and accuses her of confessing sinful secrets to Johnny that made him rather die than face a life with her. Greta is banished, and Doug Jr. drinks to drown his sorrows. Only one man continually stands up for her, her pal Lewis Stone, who might harbor more than friendship in his heart.

In both versions, the woman's character doesn't really make sense. You can get past her marrying a man she doesn't love because she believes the man she does love has forgotten her, but accepting a banishment and terrible reputation when a simple explanation could have cleared things up doesn't make much sense. And after such a terrible scandal, for which she is blamed, it hardly makes sense to turn into a hussy. Why is that the answer to her problems? The rest of it is a good old-fashioned melodrama, so if you like soapy plots like that, you'll probably like to see one of the versions. Having seen both, I actually prefer the silent movie to the talkie. The story is simple and doesn't need a lot of dialogue, and since it's so over-the-top, it makes sense to have over-the-top acting to go along with it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1928 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$383,000 (estimated)
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(Turner library print) | (copyright time) | (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono (musical score and sound effects)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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