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I Loved a Woman (1933)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 23 September 1933 (USA)
Art student John Hayden interrupts his studies in Greece to head his father's meat packing business on his father's death. He marries social climber Martha who taunts him for his ideals ... See full summary »


Alfred E. Green


Charles Kenyon (screen play), Sidney Sutherland (screen play) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... John Mansfield Hayden
Kay Francis ... Laura McDonald
Genevieve Tobin ... Martha Lane
Robert Barrat ... Charles Lane
Murray Kinnell ... Davenport
Robert McWade ... Larkin
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Shuster
Henry Kolker ... Mr. Sanborn
George Blackwood George Blackwood ... Henry
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... Oliver
Henry O'Neill ... Mr. Farrell
E.J. Ratcliffe E.J. Ratcliffe ... Theodore Roosevelt
William V. Mong ... Bowen


Art student John Hayden interrupts his studies in Greece to head his father's meat packing business on his father's death. He marries social climber Martha who taunts him for his ideals regarding worker happiness and meat purity. He begins supporting the musical career of singer Laura. During the Spanish American war he sells the Army tainted meat. Martha puts detectives on him and Laura. Indicted for fraud, he flees to Greece. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A love match the devil made! (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York, NY)) 25 September 1933)


Drama | Romance


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Morgan Wallace is listed in studio records in the role of "Pollock", but he doesn't appear in the final print. See more »


When singing Little Annie Rooney, the wrong rhythm is sung on the word "little". See more »


Charles Lane: John, you're mad!
John Mansfield Hayden: Yes. Maybe I am mad. But it's madmen who run the world today.
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Home on the Range
(1904) (uncredited)
Music by Daniel E. Kelley (1904)
Lyrics by Brewster M. Higley (1873)
Played during the opening credits and at the end
Played on piano and sung by Kay Francis
Whistled and sung a cappella by Edward G. Robinson twice
Reprised by Kay Francis twice
Played by a band at the election celebration
Played as background music often as a love theme for John and Laura
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Early Edward G. Robinson
6 September 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"I Loved a Woman" is a 1933 film starring Edward G. Robinson and Kaye Francis. It's the story of an art-lover in the Victorian era whose family is in the meat-packing business in Chicago. With his father's death, John Hayden cuts his trip to Greece short to go home and take over the company. A humanitarian, he is interested in making life better for the employees by cleaning up the packing house district where the employees live, and he is not interested in the cut-rate practices of his competitors. He meets and falls in love with the pretty Martha Lane, whose father is just such a competitor and in need of money. Martha, too, is interested in causes. She and John marry, but they grow apart as she becomes more practical. John is approached by an aspiring opera singer Laura McDonald (Francis) who wants him to back her studies; he agrees, and he falls in love with her. Laura, however, is ruthless and convinces John that he must be, too. He goes against everything he ever believed in to put his company back on top with disastrous results.

I have to admit I was less impressed with this film than the first person who commented. First of all, with all of the beautiful operatic music in the world, why is the only song Laura sings "Home on the Range" - many times? Okay, I get the cattle theme but it was too much. And I didn't understand John suddenly becoming this ruthless man willing to send to soldiers overseas bad meat with fillers and other substances. Laura gives him one little lecture, and he turns into a third world dictator.

Robinson is very good, though he and Francis wear a lot of makeup. The characters, however, weren't especially likable or sympathetic. John does have the audience's sympathy at the beginning and at the very end, where Robinson's acting really stood out.

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