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The Man and the Moment (1929)



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Cast overview:
... Joan Winslow
... Michael Towne
... Viola Hatfield
Robert Schable ... Skippy
... Joan's Guardian
George Bunny ... Butler


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Release Date:

7 July 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mulher de Mármore  »

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Sound Mix:

(Vitaphone) (talking sequences, musical score and sound effects)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In September 1928 Warner Bros. Pictures purchased a majority interest in First National Pictures, and from that point on all "First National" productions were actually made under Warner Bros. control, even though the two companies continued to retain separate identities until the mid-'30s, after which time "A Warner Bros.-First National Picture" was often used. See more »


Billie Dove's character is named Joan, but in one scene her maid calls her "Joanne". See more »


Michael Towne: [Making telephone call] "Hello Operator, what number must I ask for to get Ashcroft 8941?"
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Just a Lucky Moment
Music by Ray Perkins
Lyrics by Herman Ruby
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Billie Dove and Rod La Rocque
19 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

THE MAN AND THE MOMENT is a part-talkie silent film starring Billie Dove as a wayward pilot and Rod La Rocque as a hapless millionaire. She crashes into his speed boat in the middle of a bizarre "polo" match at sea and also crashes the plans of greedy Gwen Lee regarding La Rocque. Decent little comedy once on the lost list. This has been restored and reassembled using a silent version and matching it up with Vitaphone disks. The problem is in the talking sequences which were cut down for the silent version, so the people at Warner inserted intertitles during the talking sequences to "sync" the film. Works pretty well (although I spotted a few typos). As bizarre as the polo scene is (sound effects) there's an even more outrageous scene in a nightclub that features a giant water tank filled with swimming women. It doesn't look quite right either in proportion or speed (compared to the dancers) but creates a dazzling effect, especially once Billie Dove jumps in and swims around. Dove is very good and so is Gwen Lee as the blonde shark. I never liked La Rocque's speaking voice in early talkies and he sounds prissy here as well. Still nice to see another lost film restored and available!

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