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Passion Flower (1930)

Passed | | Drama | 6 December 1930 (USA)
A bored society woman invites scandal and heartache when she falls in love with her low-born chauffeur.


William C. de Mille (uncredited)


Kathleen Norris (as Kathleen Norris' 'Passion Flower'), Martin Flavin (adaptation) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Kay Francis ... Dulce Morado
Kay Johnson ... Katherine Pringle 'Cassy' Wallace
Charles Bickford ... Dan Wallace
Winter Hall ... Leroy Pringle
Lewis Stone ... Antonio Morado
Zasu Pitts ... Mrs. Harney
Dickie Moore ... Tommy Wallace


A bored society woman invites scandal and heartache when she falls in love with her low-born chauffeur.

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Wives Feared Her, Men Adored Her! (Print Ad- Larchmont Times, ((Larchmont, NY)) 29 January 1931)




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Release Date:

6 December 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flor da Paixão See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's first telecast took place in Altoona PA Wednesday 24 April 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), followed by New Haven CT Thursday 30 April 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8); it first aired in Portland OR 18 October 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Columbus 19 November 1957 on WLW-C (Channel 4), in Honolulu 26 November 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Norfolk VA 17 December 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Cincinnati 13 March 1958 on WLW-T (Channel 5), in Salt Lake City 19 March 1958 on KTVT (Channel 4), in Durham NC 21 April 1958 on WTVD (Channel 11), in Indianapolis 8 May 1958 on WLW-I (Channel 13), in Philadelphia 3 Jujly 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), and in San Francisco 10 November 1959 on KGO (Channel 7). Obviously eschewed by big city sponsors because of its age, forgotten players, and severely pre-code theme, these very qualities, along with an interesting title, seemed to endear it to less predominant markets, and today's cable TV viewers still welcome it on Turner Classic Movies. See more »


Katherine Pringle 'Cassy' Wallace: Oh, my dear, I thought you'd never come. What kept you?
Dulce Morado: Well, nothing kept me. I came as soon as I got your wire.
Katherine Pringle 'Cassy' Wallace: Well, I've been waiting for hours. I have the most exciting thing to tell you.
Dulce Morado: What is it? What is it?
Katherine Pringle 'Cassy' Wallace: Well, I...
Dulce Morado: Well, now come on, the suspense is killing me, Cassy. What is it?
Katherine Pringle 'Cassy' Wallace: Well, I'm in love.
Dulce Morado: Good heavens, is that all?
Katherine Pringle 'Cassy' Wallace: What do you mean, all?
Dulce Morado: I thought it was murder, at least.
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Old when it was new
21 February 2002 | by jaykay-10See all my reviews

The plot of this picture may have been fresh back when Grandma was a girl. Come to think of it, when the picture was made, in 1930, Grandma WAS a girl. But it wouldn't be surprising if HER grandmother had come across it somewhere.

It's the one about the rich girl who gives up everything to marry for love - marriage to a poor but independent, honest and reliable man who has nothing but disdain for his wife's glamorous cousin, one of the idle rich who wed a much older man for his money. Unable to escape her wiles, unable to get ahead in the world despite his strong character and earnest efforts, he leaves wife and children to join the sorceress in an aimless pursuit of pleasure here and abroad - until he comes to his senses, returns home and asks his wife's forgiveness.

Have I given away the plot? Then I won't tell you whether she takes him back.

There are fine performances by Kay Francis, Charles Bickford and Kay Johnson, and a typical featherbrained role for ZaSu Pitts that is out of place in this picture.

It is always helpful, from the standpoint of entertainment, for a story to offer a few surprises, something original that will keep the viewer wondering how things will turn out. That is precisely the kind of help this story needs.

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