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Once a Lady (1931)

Once a Lady is a 1931 American Pre-Code drama film directed by Guthrie McClintic and starring Ruth Chatterton, Ivor Novello and Jill Esmond. The film, produced and distributed by Paramount ... See full summary »

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... Anna Keremazoff
... Bennett Cloud
... Faith Penwick the Girl
... Jimmy Fenwick
... Lady Ellen Somerville
Herbert Bunston ... Roger Fenwick
Gwendolyn Logan ... Mrs. Fenwick
Stella Moore ... Alice Fenwick
Edith Kingdon ... Caroline Gryce
... Allen Corinth
... Harry Cosden
... Miss Bleeker
... Sir William Gresham
... Jane Vernon
Susanne Ransom ... Faith Fenwick, the Child (as Suzanne Ransom)
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Once a Lady is a 1931 American Pre-Code drama film directed by Guthrie McClintic and starring Ruth Chatterton, Ivor Novello and Jill Esmond. The film, produced and distributed by Paramount Pictures, is a remake of the Pola Negri silent film Three Sinners (1928). The film was the final attempt by British matinée idol Novello to establish himself in Hollywood.

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Mother saves long lost daughter
17 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

Poor Ruth Chatterton! This film is a prime example of why she left Paramount to go to Warners. She plays a Free thinking Russian who marries a stuffy British man. The family is naturally displeased and show it. They have a daughter. Ruth is indiscreet with another brit,played by Ivor Novello and is of course run out of England. Being that this is before the code she doesn't end up in the gutter but wealthy in Paris. The years fly by and the daughter now grown ends up in Paris, desperately in need of guidance. The plot and dialogue were dated even in 1931. What makes this film is the really wonderful performance by Ruth Chatterton. She makes up believe this film and plays the character of Anna almost like she is real. She is full of emotion, she makes mistakes and accepts them and accepts the lot in life she is given. It is easy to see why a young Bette Davis was in awe of her. This is a rarely seen film but one worth watching for Miss Chatterton.


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