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Private Lives (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 12 December 1931 (USA)
Divorced couple unexpectedly meet each other during their honeymoon and rekindle their love.

Director:

Sidney Franklin

Writers:

Noël Coward (from the play by) (as Noel Coward), Hanns Kräly (scenario) (as Hans Kraly) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Norma Shearer ... Amanda Prynne
Robert Montgomery ... Elyot Chase
Reginald Denny ... Victor Prynne
Una Merkel ... Sibyl Chase
Jean Hersholt ... Oscar
George Davis George Davis ... Bell Hop
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Storyline

Elyot and Sibyl are being married in a big church ceremony. Amanda and Victor are being married by a French Justice of the Peace. Both couples go to a hotel on the same day and are put in adjoining rooms with adjoining terraces. Things go fine until Amanda sees her former husband Elyot on the adjacent terrace. While they both pretend to be happy, both make plans to leave, but their spouses do not want to leave as it is their respective honeymoons. So the other spouses each go down to the bar. This leaves Elyot and Amanda together and they reminisce. Before long, the sparks again fly and they both decide to leave together to the Mountains of Switzerland. They love, they bicker, they fight, they stop. Then it begins over and over. Then Victor and Sibyl show up at their chalet. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Taglines:

SPICED with KISSES PEPPERED WITH LAUGHS! (Print ad- Buffalo Courier-Express, ((Buffalo, NY)) 31 December 1931)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

12 December 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fufu sensen 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

The original play opened in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, and starred Noël Coward (who also directed), Gertrude Lawrence, Laurence Olivier and Adrianne Allen. After a 5-week tour of England, it opened a scheduled 3-month engagement in London on 24 September 1930, after which it came to Broadway, New York City, on 27 January 1931 and ran for 256 performances, closing in September 1931. Jill Esmond replaced Allen in New York for the role of Sybil. The very popular play had 7 Broadway revivals alone, the last in 2011, and is continually revived the world over. See more »

Goofs

When Elyot, Amanda and Oscar are riding on the gondola, Elyot and Amanda begin to argue. As their argument escalates, the two of them stand up and Oscar, listening quietly, stands up with them. Their is a cut to a medium shot of Oscar which shows him still seated. Then a return to the shot of the three of them which shows Oscar standing again. See more »

Quotes

Amanda: Have you known her long?
Elyot: About four months, we met in a house party in Norfolk.
Amanda: Very flat, Norfolk.
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Connections

Version of Private Lives (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

A Shady Tree
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Played while Elyot and Amanda are dancing to the phonograph
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Fun to watch
29 November 2003 | by moviefreak37See all my reviews

This filmed version of Noel Coward's play isn't too bad to watch.Anyone who's experienced a love-hate relationship will find the story very amusing.Shearer and Montgomery are good in their roles.Quite surprising to find a story like this in a thirties Hollywood film.


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