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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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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

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: You're a man of God sent to help the world. Why don't you help me?
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Remake of Romance (1920) See more »

Soundtracks

Romance in Eb, Op.44 No.1
(ca 1860) (uncredited)
Music by Anton Rubinstein
Played as background during the opening credits
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A Romance for all time
12 June 2002 | by ZoomIn1224See all my reviews

Romance is a very simple movie with nearly no plot twists, yet it is the basic romance from which we derive all our contemporary romances with. Forbidden love tries to take a role in this film, but does not exactly succeed. The cinematography is simply "mahvelous" for 1930, and Greta Garbo is stunning! She is the lady of the 1930s. The male leads are not as strong as Garbo, but what male lead ever will? The dialogue at times is weak, but for the most part fairly enjoyable. A great example of early romances! A must-see!


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