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The Woman from Monte Carlo (1932)

The wife Lil Dagover of a French battleship captain Walter Huston falls for a young officer Warren William.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

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Claude Farrère (play), Lucien Nepoty (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lil Dagover ... Lottie Corlaix
Walter Huston ... Captain Corlaix
Warren William ... Lieutenant d'Ortelles
John Wray ... Cmdr. Brambourg
George E. Stone ... Le Duc
Robert Warwick ... Morbraz
Matt McHugh Matt McHugh ... Chief Petty Officer Vincent
Frederick Burton ... President of Courtmartial
Frank Leigh Frank Leigh ... Pilot
Francis McDonald ... Karkuff
Warner Richmond ... Fourdylis
Reginald Barlow ... Defense Attorney
Clarence Muse ... Tombeau
Oscar Apfel ... Dr. Rabeouf
Ben Hendricks Jr. Ben Hendricks Jr. ... Chief Engineer
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The wife Lil Dagover of a French battleship captain Walter Huston falls for a young officer Warren William.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 January 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Captain's Wife See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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First and only American film for German film star Lil Dagover. This is possibly First National's attempt to find their own Greta Garbo or Marlene Dietrich who were popular at MGM and Paramount, respectively. See more »

Quotes

Captain Corlaix: When you've spent your whole life on the sea, there's little reward except the honors we pile up slowly for our old age. We hold on because of the stripes we hope to wear and the respect we get at the finish.
Captain Corlaix: [Glancing over at a model of a wooden ship] That little ship... I used to sail it over in the lagoon. Even then I considered it was a frigate and I was in command. My mother gave it to me. In the afternoons, I'd get my nurse to take me down to the waterfront, so I could be with the sailors....
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Crazy Credits

Opening card: 1914 On the eve of mobilization the battle cruiser Lafayette, pride of the french navy, returns to its base at Toulon. See more »

Connections

Remake of Night Watch (1928) See more »

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spectacular is the word for Lil
31 January 2015 | by mukava991See all my reviews

Too bad Lil Dagover made only one Hollywood movie, but at least it's not lost, and English- speaking audiences get a chance to savor her without the distraction of subtitles.

There is a lot of plot ellipsis in this story about a lady with a past trying to settle into respectability as the wife of a French naval officer (Walter Huston). Unfortunately, the husband is at sea most of the time and when his ship finally comes into port and she arrives on board for a welcoming party World War One suddenly begins, the party is called off and the ship is torpedoed. Romantic rivalry (involving Warren William as an officer subordinate to Huston) and a threatening figure from her past (John Wray) are also mixed up in the mayhem.

However, the film is mostly about Lil. Her charm, her poise, her jewels, her costumes, her legs, her profile, her ivory skin, her raven hair, her captivating smile—all on display in generous close-ups. If this all seems reminiscent of Dietrich in the von Sternberg films, this exposure of Dagover was probably intended by the executives at First National who imported her, probably as their version of Dietrich or possibly Garbo, whose manner resembles hers. Her rather thick German accent is difficult to understand at times, and creates problems in some scenes, but she hits all of the required emotional notes, especially when playing the frustration of an abandoned wife.

The final fadeout is particularly striking.


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