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The Guardsman (1931)

A Vienna based acting couple make magic when they perform together on stage. Unknown to the theater going public and despite being married for only six months, that magic seems no longer to... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Franklin

Writers:

Ferenc Molnár (from the play by) (as Ferenc Molnar), Ernest Vajda (screen play) | 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:
Alfred Lunt ... The Actor
Lynn Fontanne ... The Actress
Roland Young ... The Critic
Zasu Pitts ... Liesl
Maude Eburne ... 'Mama'
Herman Bing ... A Creditor
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A Vienna based acting couple make magic when they perform together on stage. Unknown to the theater going public and despite being married for only six months, that magic seems no longer to translate to their personal life, where they are constantly arguing, even under their breaths during on-stage curtain calls. These arguments stem from the actress' moody behavior, which the actor believes means that she no longer loves him and that she is looking for another man to replace him in her personal life. He believes she even scans the audience for potential suitors, probably being most attracted to the soldier type. Their feuding is at a point where they take pot shots at each other about everything in their lives, even the quality of the other's acting. The actor may have a valid point as the actress has been receiving bouquets of roses of late and a Russian guardsman has been seen hanging around outside their home. The actor knows these things as he is that Russian guardsman (who is ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gardeskaptenen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

On the final day of filming, MGM head of production Irving Thalberg, informed the Lunts that they would be required to re-shoot what Thalberg thought was an unsatisfactory scene. The Lunts protested because they thought they had done their best but were finally coerced into re-shooting the scene. When Thalberg saw the newly shot footage he accused Alfred Lunt of purposely crossing his eye as to sabotage the re-shoot. Lunt replied that he couldn't do that on purpose and the reason why the eye was wandering was because of fatigue. Before Thalberg could ask for another re-shoot, Lunt went to the studio barber to get a haircut, making it impossible to re-shoot anymore. See more »

Quotes

[encouraging the Actor to test his wife's fidelity]
Bernhardt the Critic: Follow her now, or you'll never know. You'll *never* know.
[Actor leaves]
Bernhardt the Critic: Nor will I.
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Connections

Referenced in Parade of the Award Nominees (1932) See more »

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Lunt and Fontanne on screen
30 November 2003 | by rfl-2See all my reviews

The Guardsman is the only play of the famous stage couple that was remade for the screen. In fact, Lunt and Fontanne appear together in only four movies that I'm aware of, two of which are silent; the other sound movie being Hollywood Canteen, where they briefly appear as themselves.

For students of stage history, and admirers of a truly great thespian couple, this movie is a treat.


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