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Devotion (1931)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 25 September 1931 (USA)
The poor, downtrodden (beautiful, of course) "dutiful" daughter in a London society family falls for a barrister, disguises herself, and takes a job as governess to his son. Adapted from ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Milton

Writers:

Pamela Wynne (from the novel "A Little Flat in the Temple" by), Horace Jackson (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Harding ... Shirley Mortimer aka Mrs. Halifax
Leslie Howard ... David Trent
Robert Williams ... Norman Harrington
O.P. Heggie ... Mr. Emmet Mortimer
Louise Closser Hale ... Mrs.Emmet Mortimer
Dudley Digges ... Sergeant Herbert Coggins
Alison Skipworth ... Mrs.Matilda Coggins
Doris Lloyd ... Pansy
Olive Tell ... Mrs. Trent
Ruth Weston ... Margaret Mortimer
Joan Carr Joan Carr ... Marjory Fielding
Douglas Scott ... Derek Trent
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Storyline

The poor, downtrodden (beautiful, of course) "dutiful" daughter in a London society family falls for a barrister, disguises herself, and takes a job as governess to his son. Adapted from the novel, "A Little Flat in the Temple" Written by Kathy Li

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alias Mrs. Halifax See more »

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Budget:

$394,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Pathé Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Williams also appeared in Platinum Blonde the same year as Devotion, and passed away unexpectedly a few days after its release. See more »

Quotes

Shirley: Yes, please. Milk, milk. And two lumps of camphor... i mean sugar.
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Soundtracks

Londonderry Air
(uncredited)
Music attributed to Rory Dall O'Cahan
In the score during the opening credits and at the end
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Robert Williams sparkles in this Ann Harding dud
25 July 2012 | by jimjo1216See all my reviews

What a bore. Every bit the "creaky early talkie", DEVOTION (1931) is stagey and the soundtrack is full of dead air and awkward silences. The story concerns "wallflower" Ann Harding disguising herself as a middle-aged governess in order to get closer to Leslie Howard (whom she secretly loves).

The movie is a chore to sit through. I've never really been a fan of Ann Harding, and she looks ridiculous in her old lady disguise. Seen nowadays, the movie is so preposterous and overdone as to be unintentionally funny. Harding's whole plan comes off as really creepy to a modern audience.

And why is Harding, a daughter in a fairly well-off family, doing chores with the servants while her parents and sisters entertain guests in the parlor? Is she the black sheep of the family? Is it a Cinderella situation?

The movie's not a total loss, however.

Robert Williams's naturalistic acting practically jumps off the screen, in contrast to the rest of the cast. Williams's bright future in Hollywood was cut short when he died shortly after this film's release in 1931. He had a natural way of delivering his lines that really stands out in DEVOTION, even though he only has a few scenes. If nothing else, this film gives viewers a rare chance to see Williams at work.


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