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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.


Charles Brabin


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




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


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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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

9 July 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Washington Whirlpool See more »

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Technical Specs


(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In one scene Karen Morley wears the same velvet gown with fur collar by Adrian as Nora Gregor did in -But the Flesh Is Weak (1932) from earlier that year. See more »


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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Focus on those massive hands
17 March 2014 | by audiemurphSee all my reviews

If you are watching the great Lionel Barrymore, then it is not possible for you to be wasting your time. "Washington Masquerade" can be considered a showcase for Barrymore, and he delivers a wide ranging performance for our entertainment.

However, I think the most fascinating way to take in this film is to focus on Barrymore's famously arthritic hands. Like a tic that cannot be controlled, these hands never stop moving, restlessly in continuous motion throughout this film. I do not know if this was a conscious decision on the director's part, but those enormous hands, with their lengthy fingers, keep moving, moving, and moving; now sweeping his hair back, now smoothing out his clothes, now grabbing on to his lapels, now wiping or covering his face and brow, the hands are the true stars of this film.

Brother John Barrymore may have been known as The Profile, but Lionel should be known as The Voice, the distinctive pitch and tone Lionel's alone. The final scene, in which he delivers a scorching speech to a committee of Congressmen, may be hokey and dated, but it's still an electric performance by the great one.

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