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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 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

21 February 1930 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Hjärtan bakom mask See more »

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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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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

Say It With Your Feet
(uncredited)
Written by Leo Robin, Sam Coslow and Newell Chase
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William Powell Convincing as an Italian
17 December 2008 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

You might not believe it, but in this, William Powell is convincing as an Italian, and not just with an accent. He actually speaks a lot of Italian as well. It was a real shock. No ham acting, real acting. He plays an unscrupulous, self-pitying egotist named Gardoni who has failed on the vaudeville stage. On the verge of suicide, not having eaten for four days, he is saved by good guy Hal Skelly, a remarkably effective and likable actor who died four years later in a freak crash when a train hit the car he was travelling in, and he was only 43. That is why he is so little known, as he made few films. Powell repays Skelly's generosity by stealing part of his stage act and running off with it. When they meet up later, and Skelly forgives him, Powell repays that generosity by stealing his gal and marrying her within a day, then keeping Skelly on as a secondary stage partner. The gal is Fay Wray, four years before 'King Kong', sprightly lass that she was. She puts a lot of oomph into the part. The film is very good, solid and well made. Skelly had once been in a circus, and really knew how to ride bicycles in circles on a stage and stand them on end, as he does in the film. There is good support from the other actors. This film works.


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