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Cynara (1932)

London barrister's marriage is under strain after his affair with a shop-girl who is out to have him. Told in flashback.

Director:

King Vidor

Writers:

R. Gore Brown (novel), Frances Marion | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ronald Colman ... Jim Warlock
Kay Francis ... Clemency Warlock
Phyllis Barry ... Doris Emily Lea
Henry Stephenson ... John Tring
Viva Tattersall Viva Tattersall ... Milly Miles
Florine McKinney ... Garla
Clarissa Selwynne Clarissa Selwynne ... Onslow
Paul Porcasi ... Joseph, Maitre D'
George Kirby George Kirby ... Mr. Boots
Donald Stuart Donald Stuart ... Henry
Wilson Benge Wilson Benge ... Merton, Jim's Valet
Halliwell Hobbes ... Coroner at Inquest
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London barrister's marriage is under strain after his affair with a shop-girl who is out to have him. Told in flashback.

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Back to the arms of his wife after a hectic weekend with his mistress!

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

24 December 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Was Faithful See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

John Tring: Call no woman respectable until she's dead.
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Soundtracks

Wedding Dance
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Music by Paul Lincke
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Ronald Colman and Kay Francis
26 January 2017 | by drednmSee all my reviews

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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