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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 ... 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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Taglines:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Favorite film of writer-comedian-director Carl Reiner. See more »

Quotes

Madame Rita Cavallini: You see my flowers, here. So fresh and beautiful.
Tom Armstrong: You're crushing them!
Madame Rita Cavallini: Oh, what does it matter? They were born to die. Our meeting here tonight, what is it but a bunch of flowers that we love and smell and throw away. Why should we take them home with us and watch them die?
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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

A Mighty Fortress is Our God (Ein' Feste Burg)
(uncredited)
Traditional hymn
Lyrics by Martin Luther (1535)
English Lyrics by Frederick H. Hedge
Sung in background by a church choir
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Interesting to Watch Garbo in one of the earlier talkies
3 April 2019 | by tr-83495See all my reviews

The script is not so good, and the religious angle is something that the Founding Fathers warned early Americans against in 1776. Yet, here we have Garbo's potential lover "saving souls" as a ruse for loving her. A bad plot that must have arisen from the religious turpitude the writers experienced.

Garbo was overly dramatic and gradually learned to tone this down (somewhat).


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