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Sweet Kitty Bellairs (1930)

Passed | | Musical, Romance | 5 September 1930 (USA)
In 1793, Kitty Bellairs travels to Bath, Somerset for a vacation. She is a famous flirt, with about 40 previous affairs. Her coach wagon is stopped by a highwayman, but the man falls in ... See full summary »

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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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 ... Tom Stafford
Flora Finch ... Gossip
Christiane Yves Christiane Yves ... Lydia
Tom Ricketts ... Rheumatic Old Man
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In 1793, Kitty Bellairs travels to Bath, Somerset for a vacation. She is a famous flirt, with about 40 previous affairs. Her coach wagon is stopped by a highwayman, but the man falls in love with her. He exchanges a few kisses with Kitty, in return for her safety and that of her fellow passengers. Among the passengers is Lord Varney, who is in love with Kitty but is too shy to make romantic advances. In Bath, Kitty is romanced by Captain O'Hara. A jealous Lord Varney finally declares his love for Kitty. While Kitty contemplated a choice between Varney, O'Hara, and the "manly" highwayman, she reunites with her married friend Lady Julia Standish. Julia has long been neglected by her husband, and seeks advise on how to get his attention. Kitty and Julia conspire to convince Sir Jasper Standish that his wife has a lover, in hopes to rekindle his interest in her. Lord Varney visits the Standish household in order to romance Kitty, but Lord Standish mistakes him for his own wife's lover. ... Written by Dimos I

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Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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

"A Highwayman": While we relieve the bows in your moneybags, you can relieve the cramps in your legs.
Sweet Kitty Bellairs: Your language, sir!
"A Highwayman": I'm sorry. But, most of the ladies of my acquaintance have legs.
Sweet Kitty Bellairs: How dare you!
"A Highwayman": On second thought, I might even dare your lips!
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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 »


Soundtracks

Drunk Song
(1930) (uncredited)
Written by Walter O'Keefe and Robert Emmett Dolan (as Bobby Dolan)
Performed by Ernest Torrence, Lionel Belmore and Edgar Norton
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interesting Curio
5 November 2015 | by efischSee all my reviews

This film is an interesting curio of the progress of early sound films and the musical glut that killed off the genre for several years. The original film (in Technicolor--no longer) is lavish and is very much an operetta with sung dialogue, connecting musical sequences, and musical underscoring. It's all way-overplayed and the morals on display are rather questionable. What is interesting is the continuity of music and scenes, outdoor recording and camera work, camera movement, and tracking shots which required pre-or post recording after the film had been finished. The whole picture is edited and recorded very professionally probably by the most advanced studio in these techniques at the time. The film is technically impressive and if you're into old movies its worth 63 minutes of your time.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1930 (USA) See more »

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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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