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Secrets (1933)

Passed | | Drama, Western | 16 March 1933 (USA)
In the late 1800s New England, banker William Marlowe and his wife Martha have arranged for their daughter Mary to marry the officious and older Lord Hurley of England. Mary does not want ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Frances Marion (written for the screen by), Salisbury Field (additional dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mary Pickford ... Mary Marlowe / Mary Carlton
Leslie Howard ... John Carlton
C. Aubrey Smith ... Mr. William Marlowe
Blanche Friderici ... Mrs. Martha Marlowe
Doris Lloyd ... Susan Channing
Herbert Evans ... Lord Hurley
Ned Sparks ... Sunshine
Allan Sears Allan Sears ... Jake Houser
Mona Maris ... Señora Lolita Martinez
Huntley Gordon ... William Carlton
Ethel Clayton ... Audrey Carlton
Bessie Barriscale ... Susan Carlton
Theodore von Eltz ... Robert Carlton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Russell Simpson ... Doctor
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Storyline

In the late 1800s New England, banker William Marlowe and his wife Martha have arranged for their daughter Mary to marry the officious and older Lord Hurley of England. Mary does not want to marry Lord Hurley, but rather John Carlton, a lowly clerk at her father's bank. The two fell in love at first sight. When John and Mary's relationship is discovered by her parents, William discharges John. Knowing he can't get another job in New England, John decides to move west to California to start a new life off the land. Despite the probable hardships, Mary wants to go along and the two elope. They do face those initial hardships, most specifically an especially violent encounter with cattle rustlers, but they are able to carve out a successful life as ranchers. Twenty years, several children and a mansion of their own later, John is a popular choice to run for governor. Some past indiscretions may not only threaten his gubernatorial run but his marriage altogether. Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

ALL SHE HAS MEANT TO THE SCREEN IS SUMMARIZED IN THIS MOST BRILLIANT TRIUMPH OF A BRILLIANT CAREER! (Print Ad- Rochester Times-Union ((Rochester NY)) 20 April 1933)

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Secretos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$531,641 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mary Pickford Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gary Cooper was originally announced at the male lead in this film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mrs. Martha Marlowe: Flowers, food, champagne and whiskeys. Enough for about 40 people. That will cost money. And getting the money from your father, in these times, will not be simple. You seem very much interested, my pet.
Mary Marlowe: I fear I'm not the least interested, Mama.
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Mary rides into the cinematic sunset
4 July 2016 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Pickford's screen swan song is her best talkie, admittedly not a high bar, that moves at breakneck speed through its tale of the romance, marriage, struggles and ultimate success of its main couple. It crams too much into its 83 minute running time but as early sound films go it's not bad.

At 42 she's unconvincing as a young belle at the beginning of the film but after about ten minutes she's out of that guise and from then on her performance is quite good. Unsurprisingly her strongest moments, as well as the film's, are the one's without dialog. It gives a peek at why she was one of the queens of silents and it seems regretful that just as she was adjusting to sound she chose to withdraw.

The film wasn't a hit on release and Mary, nothing if not canny, sensed that though the parade had not passed her by as of yet it was just around the corner. So she retired, enormously wealthy and a power broker behind the scenes.


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