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The Washington Masquerade (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 9 July 1932 (USA)
US senator falls in love with a young woman, without realizing she's using him to back the lobbyist she works for.

Director:

Charles Brabin

Writers:

John Meehan (continuty and dialogue), Samuel Blythe (in collaboration with) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Jeff Keane
Karen Morley ... Consuela Fairbanks
Diane Sinclair Diane Sinclair ... Ruth Keane
Nils Asther ... Brenner
Reginald Barlow Reginald Barlow ... Sen. Withers
William Collier Sr. ... Babcock
William Morris ... Sen. Hodge
Rafaela Ottiano ... Mona
C. Henry Gordon ... Hinsdale
Berton Churchill ... Sen. Bitler (as Burton Churchill)
Henry Kolker ... Stapleton
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Storyline

US senator falls in love with a young woman, without realizing she's using him to back the lobbyist she works for.

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A Great Pageant of Thrills See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Washington Whirlpool See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Henri Bernstein's play, "La griffe," opened in Paris, France, on 18 April 1906. It's translation and adaptation, "The Claw," by Edward Delaney Dunn and Louis Wolheim, opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 17 October 1921 and had 105 performances. Lionel Barrymore created his movie role in the play, which also included Ian Wolfe in the opening night cast. See more »

Soundtracks

America, My Country Tis of Thee
(1832) (uncredited)
Music by Lowell Mason
Based on the Music by Henry Carey from "God Save the King" (1744)
Lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith (1832)
In the score at the Capitol Building and at the end
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A newcomer's introduction to the U.S Senate
28 April 2006 | by dugfowlr-1See all my reviews

I happened to catch this film just today on Turner Classics, and expected to see Lionel Barrymore perform his usual job of overacting in this 1932 release. Surprisingly, I thought he was perfectly in character as a reformer elected to the U.S. Senate, finding himself entrapped in what still seems common today of becoming a captive of either ego or the compromising pressures of constantly needing funds for reelection. In this case, being a lonely widower, he was trapped by an ambitious and unfaithful woman who married him and then led him to resign his seat for monetary gain in order to keep her. In the end, he redeems himself before an investigative hearing by being brutally honest about his own failings and that of the system.


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