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Inspiration (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 31 January 1931 (USA)
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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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

Version of Sapho (1917) See more »

Soundtracks

Liebestraum No. 3 (A Dream of Love)
Written by Franz Liszt
Played on piano by Joan Marsh
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Two Lesser Garbo's
12 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Inspiration (1931)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A beautiful model (Greta Garbo) begins dating a good, shy guy (Robert Montgomery) but things hit hard times when he learns of her rather sluttish past. Once again Garbo is quite good and Montgomery is strong but the story lets both of them down. Things start off quite nice and move well but at the 45-minute mark things just fall apart because the story keeps repeating itself. He forgives her, learns something else, hates her, forgives her, learns something else and hates her again. A nice ending almost saves the film but not quite.

Romance (1930)

** (out of 4)

An Italian opera diva (Greta Garbo) with a troubled past falls in love with a priest (Gavin Gordon). Like many early sound films this one here talks and talks and talks but sadly most of the talk isn't very interesting. Garbo is very good in her role, although it's a bit hard to believe her as an opera star. Gordon on the other hand is fairly weak and it's a shame Garbo couldn't get Gary Cooper like she wanted. The ending is so incredibly bad you can't help but laughs but hey, there's Garbo.


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