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Brief Moment (1933)

A dissolute rich society boy marries a worldly nightclub singer, and she begins to have a wholly unexpected effect on him.

Director:

David Burton

Writers:

S.N. Behrman (play), Edith Fitzgerald (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Carole Lombard ... Abby Fane
Gene Raymond ... Rodney Deane
Donald Cook ... Franklin Deane
Monroe Owsley ... Harold Sigrift
Arthur Hohl ... Steve Walsh
Irene Ware ... Joan
Theresa Maxwell Conover ... Mrs. William Deane
Reginald Mason ... Mr. William Deane
Jameson Thomas ... Count Armand
Florence Britton ... Kay Deane
Herbert Evans ... Alfred
Edward LeSaint ... Higgins - Office Manager
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A dissolute rich society boy marries a worldly nightclub singer, and she begins to have a wholly unexpected effect on him.

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Intrusa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In an early bit of dialogue, Gene Raymond's character listens to his parents say he shouldn't marry a blues singer, and he replies, "Whom should I marry - Schumann-Heink?," referring to a famous opera singer who had just retired in 1932. Ironically, when Raymond himself married in 1937 his bride was an opera singer as well as a movie star: Jeanette MacDonald. See more »

Goofs

In the montage depicting Rodney going to the horse races instead of work, one shot shows Churchill Downs in Kentucky with its distinctive twin spires on the grandstand - which is nowhere close to New York City, of course. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rodney Deane: Here, we're going out.
Abby Fane: Going out?
Rodney Deane: Yeah, the whole family's waiting for us.
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Soundtracks

Say What You Mean, and Mean What You're Saying to Me
(uncredited)
Written by Gerald Marks
Performed by Carole Lombard
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Brief but DELIGHTFUL
2 September 2011 | by mrfrankyouSee all my reviews

Visually, I would have to give this little number a solid 10.

Carol Lombard is at her exquisite best, and one could look at Gene Raymond for a long time without blinking. The cinematography (by Ted Tetzlaff) is absolutely wonderful, and the Columbia design studios provided visuals that are eminently worth recording.

The night club where Lombard preforms is decorated with life-size bronze deer, cast after a model dug up at Pompeii. When Carol/Abby is taken to meet her stuffy potential in-laws, the famous Lombard nipples are pointing directly at her fiancée's mother (covered of course by a little something whipped up by the great costumier Travis Banton).

There is a great scene where the newly-weds are standing at the rail of a big ocean liner, an iconic 30's image with Carol wearing a marvelous hat as only she can. The apartment that Gene/Rodney brings his wife home to is swellegant. (This is an actual 30s expression, as I found it in a catalogue of Warren McArthur furniture published c. 1934!)

Mind you, it's not a "great" film, but it is very entertaining visually--the quintessence of the early 1930s. The original play was by S.N. Berman, so it certainly has good bones.

And ANYTHING with Carol Lombard is well worth watching! Not only was she staggeringly beautiful, but her acting is exquisitely nuanced to well capture a broad range of emotions, whatever her role.


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