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Sweet Kitty Bellairs (1930)

Kitty Bellairs, a flirtatious young woman of 18th Century England, cuts a swath of broken hearts and romantic conquests as she visits a resort with her sister.

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

David Belasco (a musical version of the stage play by), Egerton Castle (and the novel by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudia Dell ... Sweet Kitty Bellairs
Ernest Torrence ... Sir Jasper Standish
Walter Pidgeon ... Lord Varney
Perry Askam Perry Askam ... Capt. O'Hara
June Collyer ... Julia
Lionel Belmore ... Colonel Villiers
Arthur Edmund Carewe ... Capt. Spicer
Douglas Gerrard Douglas Gerrard ... Tom Stafford
Flora Finch ... Gossip
Christiane Yves Christiane Yves ... Lydia
Tom Ricketts ... Rheumatic Old Man
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Kitty Bellairs, a flirtatious young woman of 18th Century England, cuts a swath of broken hearts and romantic conquests as she visits a resort with her sister. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1930 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

A B&W nitrate print of this film survives in the UCLA Film and Television Archives and is not listed for Preservation. See more »

Quotes

Sweet Kitty Bellairs: And as for my lips, sir, I do not consider they have been kissed at all.
"A Highwayman": [kisses Kitty, once, twice, three times] Now, Mistress Kitty Bellairs, consider yourself well kissed!
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Crazy Credits

Opening Card: Merrie Olde England in the year 1793 -- the road that runs from London Town to the City of Bath. See more »

Connections

Version of Sweet Kitty Bellairs (1916) See more »

Soundtracks

Duelling Song
(1930) (uncredited)
Written by Walter O'Keefe and Robert Emmett Dolan (as Bobby Dolan)
Performed by Ernest Torrence, Perry Askam, Edgar Norton, Lionel Belmore, Douglas Gerrard and others
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Very, very dated...
15 October 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In the very early 1930s, operettas were quite popular. Films like "The Rogue Song" and "Sweet Kitty Bellairs" were just a couple such movies and less than a decade later the style was resurrected with the Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy films. However, by the mid-1940s the genre was just about dead due to changing tastes and when seen today the pictures come off as very strange and old fashioned. Based on what I've seen, I can understand why they are no longer popular.

When "Sweet Kitty Bellairs" begins, a group of rich 18th century folks are heading to the spa town of Bath for a holiday. However, their carriage is waylaid by bandits and the cheeky masked leader decides that instead of stealing all their valuables that he'd just take a kiss from Kitty. While she protests, it's pretty obvious to tell that she is quite taken by this stranger. And, what's also obvious is that the nice man she later meets at the spa is actually the bandit dressed in the fine clothes of a gentleman. What will come of this? See the film (or, better yet, don't).

This film was creaky with age and left me very, very bored. Much of the music just put me to sleep but the bad acting made it even worse. Particularly bad was Ernest Torrence who just didn't seem to know how to deliver his lines...though he would improve in later films. Perhaps he just wasn't used to sound films. All I know is that the movie left me very cold and this sort of silly fluff just didn't appeal to me. Far less well made and interesting than a MacDonald/Eddy film.


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