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Romance (1930)

Approved | | Drama , Romance | 26 August 1930 (USA)
Young Harry is in love and wants to marry an actress, much to the displeasure of his family. Harry thinks that Bishop Armstrong knows nothing about love so Armstrong tells him the story of ... See full summary »

Director:

Clarence Brown (uncredited)

Writers:

Edward Sheldon (from the play by), Bess Meredyth (dialogue continuity) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Rita Cavallini
Lewis Stone ... Cornelius Van Tuyl
Gavin Gordon ... Tom Armstrong
Elliott Nugent ... Harry
Florence Lake ... Susan Van Tuyl
Clara Blandick ... Abigail Armstrong
Henry Armetta ... Beppo
Mathilde Comont ... Vannucci
Rina De Liguoro Rina De Liguoro ... Nina (as Countess De Rina)
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Storyline

Young Harry is in love and wants to marry an actress, much to the displeasure of his family. Harry thinks that Bishop Armstrong knows nothing about love so Armstrong tells him the story of Rita and himself. Rita was an Opera Star singing in New York who was at a party given by Cornelius. Armstrong was a 28 year old rector. He fell for Rita when he saw her and after six weeks he wanted to marry her. Naive as he was, he thought that all of Rita's "relationships" were in the distant past, but Rita lives for the moment and knows that she can never marry Armstrong. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The ever changing- always alluring- first lady of the screen in her second talking picture. (Print Ad- Portsmouth Times, ((Portsmouth, Ohio)) 8 September 1930)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Romantik See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$496,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$733,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$523,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Greta Garbo originally wanted Gary Cooper as her leading man in "Romance". In the end, however, MGM could not borrow Cooper from Paramount, so Garbo settled for the unknown Gavin Gordon. Cooper would come to MGM two years later for the Joan Crawford vehicle Today We Live (1933). See more »

Quotes

Madame Rita Cavallini: Why speak about next year. That's so far away.
Tom Armstrong: In my profession, one has to think a great deal about things that are far away.
Madame Rita Cavallini: That's very foolish.
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Alternate Versions

MGM also issued this movie as a silent, but little details are known. See more »

Connections

Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.30 (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Annie Laurie
(1834-5) (uncredited)
Written by Lady Scott
Played on piano by Greta Garbo
Sung by Gavin Gordon
Reprised in score at the end
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Two Lesser Garbo's
12 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Romance (1930)

** (out of 4)

An Italian opera diva (Greta Garbo) with a troubled past falls in love with a priest (Gavin Gordon). Like many early sound films this one here talks and talks and talks but sadly most of the talk isn't very interesting. Garbo is very good in her role, although it's a bit hard to believe her as an opera star. Gordon on the other hand is fairly weak and it's a shame Garbo couldn't get Gary Cooper like she wanted. The ending is so incredibly bad you can't help but laughs but hey, there's Garbo.

Inspiration (1931)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A beautiful model (Greta Garbo) begins dating a good, shy guy (Robert Montgomery) but things hit hard times when he learns of her rather sluttish past. Once again Garbo is quite good and Montgomery is strong but the story lets both of them down. Things start off quite nice and move well but at the 45-minute mark things just fall apart because the story keeps repeating itself. He forgives her, learns something else, hates her, forgives her, learns something else and hates her again. A nice ending almost saves the film but not quite.


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