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Inspiration (1931)

Yvonne is a beautiful model who loves frequenting the Parisian bohemian life, because she loves hobnobbing with artists.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writer:

Gene Markey (dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greta Garbo ... Yvonne Valbret
Robert Montgomery ... André Montell
Lewis Stone ... Raymond Delval
Marjorie Rambeau ... Lulu
Judith Vosselli ... Odette
Beryl Mercer ... Marthe, Yvonne's Maid
John Miljan ... Henry Coutant, the Sculptor
Edwin Maxwell ... Uncle Julian Montell
Oscar Apfel ... M. Vignaud
Joan Marsh ... Madeleine Dorety
Zelda Sears Zelda Sears ... Aunt Pauline
Karen Morley ... Liane Latour
Gwen Lee ... Gaby
Paul McAllister Paul McAllister ... Jouvet, the Artist
Arthur Hoyt ... Gavarni
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Storyline

Yvonne is a beautiful model who loves frequenting the Parisian bohemian life, because she loves hobnobbing with artists.

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Taglines:

...Burning Lips...Glittering Gowns...Champagne...Paris...Life...Joy. The Kind of a Drama You Have Been Waiting to See and Hear. (Print ad)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Yvonne See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$438,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$725,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$402,000
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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:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Release of the movie was delayed because of a lawsuit Pathé brought against MGM. Although the novel by Alphonse Daudet was in public domain in the USA, it was still under copyright protection in Europe. Pathé won the lawsuit. See more »

Quotes

André Montell: But I'm doing all the talking - please lets talk about you.
Yvonne Valbret: There isn't much to tell - I'm just a nice young woman - not too young, and not too nice - I hope!
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Connections

Alternate-language version of Sapho (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Liebestraum No. 3 (A Dream of Love)
Written by Franz Liszt
Played on piano by Joan Marsh
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2 excellent actors in 1 lousy film
17 June 2002 | by Night Must FallSee all my reviews

Don't get me wrong. I love both Garbo and Montgomery. They are both very talented and extremely sexy. This film, however, was not. As the previous poster has said, there is NO chemistry between the 2 stars. It was as if they were not even in the same movie.

Montgomery looked very bored with it all, and, although very dapper in his tuxedo, looked as though he were going to fall asleep throughout the film. I had to laugh when he WAS asleep in the last scene and never woke up, credits rolling. Looks like the poor thing finally got his nap after all. Still, he's always wonderful to look at!

The same goes for Garbo, only this time, her slow talking got on my nerves not just a little bit. I loved her outfits, and she could definitely be a model, but her speech was simply too languid for the film. Even Bob spoke slowly. What the hell?

The supporting players were given awful dialog, stock characterization, and no substance whatsoever, thus making no impact. All this accomplished was to get screen time away from the 2 stars, thankfully, I suppose. (The little doggie was cute, though.)

Nobody looked as though they had any enjoyment making this film, and the same can be said for the unfortunate viewer.

Bottom line: lovely to look at, painful to follow through.


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