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The Single Standard (1929)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 29 July 1929 (USA)
The wealthy Arden Stuart is bored in a party; after refusing the wedding proposal of Tommy Hewlett, she drives her car with her driver to a lonely place. She has one night stand with him ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Arden Stuart
... Packy Cannon
... Tommy Hewlett (as John Mack Brown)
... Mercedes
... Ding Stuart
... Mr. Glendenning
... Mrs. Glendenning
... Mrs. Handley
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The wealthy Arden Stuart is bored in a party; after refusing the wedding proposal of Tommy Hewlett, she drives her car with her driver to a lonely place. She has one night stand with him and returns to the party; then she witnesses the driver being fired by a relative and committing suicide. In a rainy day, Arden goes to an exposition and meets the painter and aspirant boxer Packy Cannon. They sail to the South Seas together in his sailboat and Arden falls in love for him. However, a couple of months later, Packy dumps her and brings her back to her city, traveling to China alone. The heartbroken Arden is proposed again by Tommy and gets married with him. Three years later, Arden meets Packy by chance and becomes divided between her unconditional love for Packy and the love for her son. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Romance

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29 July 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den nye moral  »

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Budget:

$336,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$659,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$389,000
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(Turner library print) | (copyright length)

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(Western Electric System) (musical score and sound effects)|

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1.37 : 1
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Originally filmed in the full frame silent screen ratio, when a sound track was added for the sound-on-film version, the left side of the image had to be cropped to allow room for it, and this is the print which survives today and is shown on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

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Opening Title Card: For a number of generations men have done as they pleased - and women have done as men pleased...
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Referenced in MGM Parade: Episode #1.30 (1956) See more »

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You'll Come Back to Me
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A stunning Garbo portrayal of a woman who rejects the double standard.
4 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

Garbo is an absolute revelation in this outstanding silent film (the video has a beautiful musical score). Garbo plays Arden Stuart, a beautiful young woman who rejects the sexual double standard and feels free to engage in affairs with any man she likes. She takes up with famous artist Packy Cannon and travels 'round the world with him on his yacht. After Packy dumps her, she marries Tommy, who had always adored her, and has a child. Then Packy returns...

The kinds of themes sounded in "The Single Standard" were completely blotted off the screen by the Production Code, Hollywood's self-censorship scheme which became fully operational around 1934. The movie explores female liberation and sexuality. It grapples with the issue of whether marriage is a loveless institution of mutual support or a vehicle for love and fulfillment. This is a very adult film and a great one. Films like this were not made again until the 1970's--and nobody ever surpassed Garbo in this kind of role.

"The Single Standard" was adapted from a novel by Adela Rogers St. John. Rogers St. John was the daughter of the famous trial lawyer Earl Rogers, who was the most famous criminal lawyer of the early years of the century and who died a hopeless alcoholic. She never went to school, and simply hung around her father's law office, but later became a famous author and journalist. The great film "A Free Soul" (1931) is based on Rogers St.John's autobiography and chronicles her life along with her father's. Rogers St. John was, in her own life, very much like the heroine of "A Single Standard" and embodied the ideals of women's liberation in the 1920's.


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