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His Glorious Night (1929)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 28 September 1929 (USA)
In a European kingdom, Princess Orsolini is to have a state wedding, arranged by her mother the Queen, but she is in love with Captain Kovacs of the horse guards. She is forced to break off... See full summary »


Lionel Barrymore


Willard Mack, Ferenc Molnár (play)




Complete credited cast:
John Gilbert ... Captain Kovacs
Catherine Dale Owen ... Princess Orsolini
Nance O'Neil ... Eugenie
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Krehl
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Collingswood Stratton
Doris Hill ... Priscilla Stratton
Tyrell Davis ... Prince Luigi Caprilli
Gerald Barry Gerald Barry ... Lord York
Madeline Seymour Madeline Seymour ... Lady York
Richard Carle ... Count Albert
Eva Dennison Eva Dennison ... Countess Lina
Youcca Troubetzkov ... Von Bergman
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... General Ettingen


In a European kingdom, Princess Orsolini is to have a state wedding, arranged by her mother the Queen, but she is in love with Captain Kovacs of the horse guards. She is forced to break off their affair, but the Captain, outraged by this treatment, plots his revenge by convincing them he is actually a well known swindler and will expose his affair with the Princess, ruining her. To avoid scandal, the Queen agrees to his price; to let him spend a night alone with the Princess in his apartment. ' Written by WesternOne1

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Delightfully naughty-- You've seen him passionately declare his love-NOW HE TALKS and ACTS his dazzling love scenes in this his most romantic picture.(Print Ad-The Dispatch,((Lexington, N.C.)) 10 February 1930) See more »


Drama | Romance








Release Date:

28 September 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Breath of Scandal See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


It was in this film that silent screen legend John Gilbert made his talking-picture debut. His voice was said, erroneously, to have sounded high-pitched and frankly odd in a film that called for him to play a romantic swashbuckler. In fact, Gilbert's voice was not high-pitched, rather, his performance was marred by bad dialogue and nervous delivery. Audiences reportedly laughed at him at the most inappropriate moments. See more »


Version of Olympia (1930) See more »


Radetzky March
Music by Johann Strauss Sr.
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The beginning of the end
8 December 2005 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

Unlike the other "reviewer" i have actually seen this film in 1986. Leatrice Gilbert Fountain introduced a short season of her father's films at the NFT in London,which included this film.Although it is some 20 years since i saw this film i did keep notes.These indicate that Gilbert's performance is poor and his voice weak.The dialogue was ludicrous although the film was amusing.The famous scene where he keeps kissing his leading lady whilst saying over and over again"I love you" was of course superbly parodied in "Singing In The Rain".I have seen some of his later films and there doesn't seem to be anything too funny about his voice.However what we over 75 years later tend to forget is that by and large the stars only had one shot at it.Either they passed with flying colours or they were washed up.After all Gilbert's sad demise is one of countless casualties of the arrival of sound.However his is the highest profile casualty.

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