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Paris Bound (1929)

Pre-Code early-talkie film version of Philip Barry's Broadway hit chronicles the first five years of marriage between James and Mary Hutton, and the two paramours they deserted who wait patiently - and manipulatively - in the wings.

Director:

Edward H. Griffith

Writers:

Philip Barry (play), Horace Jackson (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ann Harding ... Mary Hutton
Fredric March ... Jim Hutton
Carmelita Geraghty ... Noel Farley
Leslie Fenton ... Richard Parrish
George Irving ... James Hutton Sr
Charlotte Walker ... Helen White
Hallam Cooley ... Peter
Juliette Crosby ... Nora Cope
Ilka Chase ... Fanny Shipman
Rose Tapley ... Julie
Douglas Scott ... Jimmy (as Master Douglas Scott)
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Pre-Code early-talkie film version of Philip Barry's Broadway hit chronicles the first five years of marriage between James and Mary Hutton, and the two paramours they deserted who wait patiently - and manipulatively - in the wings.

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Matrimony- in the 1929 Manner! (Print Ad-The Daily News, ((Ludington, Mich.)) 24 October 1929) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1929 (USA) See more »

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Pathé Exchange See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Ann Harding's Film Debut
25 December 2010 | by drednmSee all my reviews

I watched the 1929 Paris Bound, based on a play be Philip Barry and starring Ann Harding in her film debut and Fredric March. They play a loving couple who claim their love will never be tainted by others. March's parents caused a scandal in their set when she divorced him after his affair. They argue at the wedding that the woman was foolish and cost them both their home because of her divorce actions.

With that set up we see March and Harding through their first happy years of marriage. They are devoted but very modern. When business takes March to Paris, he goes alone. They believe a "break" is good for their marriage and she has her work with Richard (Leslie Fenton) on a ballet score. But into this bliss creeps the jealous Noel (Carmelita Geraghty) who has never gotten over losing March to Harding. She sees in the society news that March has gone to Europe alone and she chases after him.

After Harding learns of this, she decides to have an affair with Fenton but March returns home. Will they break up? Will they be able to patch things up? Harding is just wonderful in her first film. She's quite natural and at ease. March is also very good. Together they avoid the stagy acting and over pronunciation that mars other early talkies. Fenton and Geraghty are also good. Ilka Chase takes honors among the supporting cast (also in her film debut). Co-stars include George Irving, Hallam Cooley, Charlotte Walker, Juliette Crosby, and Rose Tapley.


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