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John S. Robertson
Johnny Mack Brown
Budapest bar entertainer Zara is a discontented alcoholic who is pursued by many men but lives with novelist Carl Salter. A strange man (Tony) shows up on Salter's estate claiming that Zara is actually Maria, the wife of his close friend Bruno. Maria, Tony claims, had her memory destroyed during a World War I invasion ten years ago. Zara doesn't remember but leaves with Tony to Salter's dismay. Bruno, now an officer in the Italian army, tries to coax Maria's memory back on his large estate. No one is really sure if Zara is Maria, and when Salter shows up with a mental case that he claims is the real Maria, everyone on Bruno's estate is desperately searching for the truth.Written by
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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Abilene TX Sunday 7 July 1957 on KRBC (Channel 9), followed by Adams MA Monday 15 July 1957 on WCDC (Channel 19); aged and obscure, as well as violently pre-code, it nevertheless soon became a favorite in the less predominant markets; it first aired in Minneapolis 10 August 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Amarillo 25 August 1957 on KFDA (Channel 19), in Syracuse 17 September 1957 on WHEN (Channel 8), in Akron 27 September 1957 on WAKR (Channel 49), in Peoria 31 October 1957 on WTVH (Channel 19), in Tampa 8 November 1957 on WFLA (Channel 8), in Honolulu 9 November 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Seattle 15 November 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Windsor ON (serving Detroit) 17 November 1957 on CKLW (Channel 9), in Norfolk VA 28 November 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Portland OR 29 November 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Fresno CA 2 December 1957 on KMJ (Channel 24), in Indianapolis 3 December 1957 on WLW-I (Channel 13), in Columbus 15 December 1957 on WLW-C (Channel 4), and in Baltimore 27 December 1957 on WJZ (Channel 13). New York City finally got curious and gave it a whirl 2 June 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), followed by Los Angeles 13 August 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), by San Francisco 18 December 1959 on KGO (Channel 7), and last, but not least, by Chicago 6 February 1961 on WBBM (Channel 2). See more »
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This film is almost forgotten but remains one of the most unusual in Garbo's career. It was daring to use a Pirandello play (what remains of it) and the stylistic inconsistencies are actually absolutely right for the theme that nothing is what it seems (but could be, if we so desired it). Compare it to "Two faced Woman" ten years later, also with Douglas and also about confusions of identity. You will see how much better is the earlier film and how much more beautiful Garbo was, even in a fright wig. George Fitzmaurice was a talented director with a great sense of style. Like most early sound films you have to see a good copy. Much of what we see now is just a travesty of the original and makes it very hard to appreciate its real quality.
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