A Woman of Affairs ()

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When two childhood sweethearts are kept from marrying, misery ensues.


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Diana Merrick
Neville Holderness
Dr. Hugh Trevelyan
David Furness (as John Mack Brown)
Jeffry Merrick
Sir Morton Holderness
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Party Guest (uncredited)
Agostino Borgato ...
French Police Inspector (uncredited)
Sydney Jarvis ...
Gendarme (uncredited)
Detective (uncredited)
Diana - as a Child (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ...
French Hotel Concierge (uncredited)
Man Peering Into Room (uncredited)
Frank Finch Smiles ...
Butler (uncredited)

Directed by

Clarence Brown

Written by

Michael Arlen ... (from a story by)
Bess Meredyth ... (continuity)
Marian Ainslee ... (titles) and
Ruth Cummings ... (titles)
Michael Arlen ... (novel "The Green Hat") (uncredited)

Music by

Carl Davis ... (1983)
William Axt ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

William H. Daniels ... (photographed by) (as William Daniels)

Film Editing by

Hugh Wynn ... film editor

Art Direction by

Cedric Gibbons

Costume Design by

Adrian ... (gowns)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Charles Dorian ... assistant director (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

James Manatt ... still photographer (uncredited)

Music Department

Carl Davis ... conductor: new score (uncredited)
Colin Matthews ... orchestrator: Carl Davis (uncredited)
David Matthews ... orchestrator: Carl Davis (uncredited)

Other crew

Geraldine Dvorak ... stand-in: Greta Garbo (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Wild Desire! Burning Lips! Racing Hearts! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express,((Buffalo, NY)) 2 January 1929) See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Intrigues (France)
  • Eine schamlose Frau (Germany)
  • Herrin der Liebe (Germany)
  • La mujer ligera (Spain)
  • Il destino (Italy)
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  • 98 min
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Box Office

Budget $383,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $520,000

Did You Know?

Trivia The film was based on a notorious novel called "The Green Hat", but the Hays Office wouldn't allow the book to be filmed because it featured the use of heroin and a man kills himself on his wedding night because he's suffering from syphilis, neither of which could be touched on at that time. MGM thought it would be a gold mine once past the censors, but by the time the title and character names had been changed and the story line altered, it bore little resemblance to the book. The bridegroom now kills himself because of his embezzling. While drinking on screen was forbidden because of Prohibition, Jeffry is hardly seen without a whiskey glass in his hand, but the fact that drink finally kills him and that the film was set in England is probably what persuaded the censors to let that by. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Hollywood (1980). See more »
Soundtracks Love's First Kiss See more »
Quotes Title Card: The widow of David Furness faced a questioning world. Why should a man - happy as David was - take his own life - - ?
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