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A Notorious Affair (1930)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 4 May 1930 (USA)
A scheming musician seduces a wealthy woman for love and money.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Billie Dove ... Patricia Hanley
Basil Rathbone ... Paul Gherardi
Kay Francis ... Countess Olga Balakireff
Kenneth Thomson ... Dr. Alan Pomeroy (Misspelled Allen in Opening Credits)
Montagu Love ... Sir Thomas Hanley
Philip Strange Philip Strange ... Lord Percival Northmore
Malcolm Waite Malcolm Waite ... Higgins - the Butler
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Storyline

The daughter of a British aristocrat marries a poor violinist, who soon attracts the attention of a seductive countess. With fame and fortune, the violinist's health begins to suffer, and his wife must decide whether to stand by the man who tossed her aside. Written by Jimmy L.

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Taglines:

What Chance had his Wife Against the Woman Who Always Got Her Man? (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York NY)) 25 April 1930) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Faithful See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)| Vitaphone (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Basil Rathbone was borrowed from MGM and Kay Francis was borrowed from Paramount for this film. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Paul Gherardi: Imagine my trying to hold you, with pity...
Lady Patricia Hanley Gherardi: ...when love was all that was necessary.
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Soundtracks

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
(uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1840)
Lyrics by Charles Wesley (1730)
Sung by carolers on Christmas Day
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Billie Dove!
27 November 1999 | by data-25See all my reviews

Patricia Hanley (Billie Dove) married violinist Paul Gherardi (Basil Rathbone), despite the strong disapproval of her father and their high society friends. Dramatics ensue.

Billie Dove is the only saving grace of this movie. Her charm, beauty and engaging presence make this dull soap opera watchable. Less watchable is Basil Rathbone, who is miscast as a romantic leading man. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. or even Phillips Holmes would have been much better in the role. Kay Francis, as the other woman, acquits herself nicely, with her best films yet to come.

It should be noted that this film is one of Billie's few surviving Warner Bros./First-National talkies. For example, her four 1929 films are lost! Still, if you are a Billie Dove fan, you might enjoy this one.


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