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Behind the Make-Up (1930)

Passed | | Drama | 21 February 1930 (France)
Gardoni, a down-on-his-luck vaudeville performer, is taken in by a fellow performer, a clown who has a bicycle riding act. Gardoni shows his appreciation by stealing the clown's act and his girlfriend, whom he marries.

Directors:

Robert Milton, Dorothy Arzner (uncredited) | 2 more credits »

Writers:

Mildred Cram (story "The Feeder"), Howard Estabrook (adapted by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hal Skelly ... Hap Brown
William Powell ... Gardoni
Fay Wray ... Marie Gardoni
Kay Francis ... Kitty Parker
Paul Lukas ... Count Boris
E.H. Calvert ... Dawson
Agostino Borgato ... Pierre
Jacques Vanaire Jacques Vanaire ... Valet
Jean De Briac ... Sculptor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Torben Meyer ... Waiter
Bob Perry Bob Perry ... Bartender
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Storyline

Gardoni, a down-on-his-luck vaudeville performer, is taken in by a fellow performer, a clown who has a bicycle riding act. Gardoni shows his appreciation by stealing the clown's act and his girlfriend, whom he marries.

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f rated | theater | See All (2) »

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A POWERFUL HUMAN INTEREST DRAMA! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Lindsey Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - Feb. 7, 1930 - all caps)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929-49, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Connections

Alternate-language version of Make Up (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Remember, You'll Forget
(uncredited)
Written by Leo Robin, Sam Coslow and Newell Chase
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First Class Ensemble Acting
17 June 2002 | by sobaokSee all my reviews

A heavily Italian-accented William Powell (!) steals his pal Hal Skelly's girl (Fay Wray) and his vaudeville act! Powell cheats on wife Wray only to be seduced by racy man-eater actress Kay Francis. Kay proves to be out for only money and her association with the famous "Gardoni" (Powell). Kay entices with her dark manish hair-do, low necklines and multiple strands of pearls. In her key break-up scene with Powell she denies nothing and simply says, "I've been honest" -- Powell has to concede and rewards her with a new ring for her already heavily bejeweled hands. Powell's high-strung performance is eloquent -- his range has variety and impresses. Francis is confident, engaging and comes across as, "Well, here I am. I do what I do and if you can't handle it . . .too bad." Hard-to-find gem.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

21 February 1930 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Hjärtan bakom mask See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone) (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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