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The title comes from the 1894 poem "Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae" (a quotation from Book IV of Horace's Odes) by Ernest Dowson (1867-1900) in which the narrator tells his former lover, Cynara, of his attempts to forget her. The poem's refrain "I have been faithful to thee Cynara! in my fashion." is shown as frontispiece to the film. See more »
Sad pre-Code film about adultery and its effects on the people involved has Ronald Colman starring as a British barrister happily married to Kay Francis. She goes off to Italy to save her silly sister from getting involved with the wrong man. Ironically, that leaves Colman easy prey for a conniving shop girl (Phyllis Barry) he meets by chance.
Although she knows he's married and nothing can come of their affair, she relentlessly pursues him and he falls for her. She loses her job and becomes totally dependent on him. He tries to break if off just as Francis returns from Italy but with tragic results.
Colman is excellent as the intelligent man who falls prey to temptation. Francis is wonderful as the wounded wife, and Barry is good as the conniving Doris. Co-stars include Henry Stephenson as the randy friend who starts all the trouble, Florine McKinney as Garla the silly sister, Viva Tattersall as Millie, Paul Porcasi as the restaurant owner, Halliwell Hobbes as the official, and Elspeth Dudgeon as Mrs. Weeks.
There's also a clip from a Charlie Chaplin movie.
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