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The Secret of Madame Blanche (1933)

Passed | | Drama, History, Romance | 3 February 1933 (USA)
Showgirl Sally meets young playboy Leonard St. John; they fall in love and are secretly married. When Leonard's father discovers this he sets out to break them apart, and following a bitter... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Brabin

Writers:

Frances Goodrich (screen play), Albert Hackett (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Sally Sanders aka Madame Blanche
Lionel Atwill ... Aubrey St. John
Phillips Holmes ... Leonard St. John
Una Merkel ... Ella
Douglas Walton ... Leonard Junior
C. Henry Gordon ... State's Attorney
Jean Parker ... Eloise Duval
Mitchell Lewis ... M. Duval
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Bakewell ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Showgirl Sally meets young playboy Leonard St. John; they fall in love and are secretly married. When Leonard's father discovers this he sets out to break them apart, and following a bitter row, Leonard kills himself, leaving Sally to pick up the pieces of her life. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Drama | History | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lady See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play originally opened in New York City, New York, USA on 4 December 1923 and ran for 85 performances. See more »

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Edited from The Big Parade (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

Every Lover Must Meet His Fate
from the operetta "Sweethearts" (1913) (uncredited)
Music by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by Robert B. Smith
Played on piano and sung by Irene Dunne
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Irene Dunne scores...
6 December 2001 | by elpep49See all my reviews

another winner is this Madame-X-type film about mother love. She plays a classy stage performer who marries the spoiled son (Phillips Holmes)of a selfish rich man (Lionel Atwill). The son commits suicide after the father cuts him off and Dunne then loses the baby to the evil old man. She fends for herself over the next 20 years in French bars. A curious set of coincidences reunites mother and son during WW I. Anyway, Dunne is wonderful--as usual--as the mother and gets to age (as in Cimarron) into a spunky old lady. Irene Dunne remains one of the most underrated stars of the 30s, excellent in drama, comedy, or musicals. She's also one of the most likable.


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