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Vanessa, Her Love Story (1935)

Approved | | Drama | 1 March 1935 (USA)
The only person that Vanessa wants to marry is Benjamin and they are finally engaged. When a fire sweeps through her fathers house, Benjie is able to save Vanessa, but he cannot save her ... See full summary »

Director:

William K. Howard

Writers:

Lenore J. Coffee (adaptation) (as Lenore Coffee), Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) (as Lenore Coffee) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Montgomery ... Benjamin Herries
Helen Hayes ... Vanessa Paris
May Robson ... Madame Judith Paris
Otto Kruger ... Ellis Herries
Lewis Stone ... Adam Paris
Henry Stephenson ... Barney Newmark
Violet Kemble Cooper ... Lady Herries
Donald Crisp ... George - the Inn Owner
Agnes Anderson ... Marion - the Barmaid
Lionel Belmore ... Will Leathwaite
George K. Arthur ... Porter
Jessie Ralph ... Lady Mullion
Lawrence Grant ... Amery Herries
Crauford Kent ... Timothy (as Craufurd Kent)
Howard Leeds Howard Leeds ... Jamie
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The only person that Vanessa wants to marry is Benjamin and they are finally engaged. When a fire sweeps through her fathers house, Benjie is able to save Vanessa, but he cannot save her already dead father. Since Vanessa blames him in her fathers death, they separate and Benjie marries Marion, the barmaid. After realizing that she was mistaken, Vanessa finds that he is married and she then reluctantly accepts the proposal of Ellis. However, Ellis is slowly going insane and Vanessa is not told. With her married life becoming intolerable, she tries to leave Ellis, but she cannot divorce him as long as he is insane. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vanessa See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Sherwood, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was initially televised in Altoona PA Tuesday 20 August 1957, followed by Chicago Friday 23 August 1957 on WBBM and by Los Angeles Thursday 29 August 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Baltimore 9 September 1957 on WJZ (Channel 13), in Indianapolis 7 November 1957 on WLW-I (Channel 13), in Philadelphia 8 December 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Honolulu 26 December 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Norfolk VA 27 December 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Cleveland 17 February 1958 on KYW (Channel 3), in San Francisco 26 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), in New York City 3 March 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in Cincinnati 4 April 1958 on WLW-T (Channel 5). Vanessa finally made it to Seattle 13 November 1960 on KING (Channel 5). See more »

Quotes

Madame Judith Paris: Happiness is for soft people. Life. Life... is what counts.
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Soundtracks

D'Ye John Peel
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Sung a cappella by Robert Montgomery
Played and sung in the background
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romantic, passionate, although dated
19 October 2002 | by zeulaSee all my reviews

I would say, that I enjoyed this movie, to a certain extent..... Because, it was romantic, touching, and it starred Robert Montgomery...... One of my fave actors, from the golden age...... He, and Helen Hayes had pleasant chemistry in this movie...... Right beside, Joan Crawford, as his best leading ladies....... Their likable chemistry, almost managed to distract me, from how dated, and old fashioned this movie was..... Which is the main reason, why the film didn't succeed in all ways...... Also, there were poor, dull, dated performances, from the miscast actor, who played Ellis, Vanessa's insane husband, and the barmaid woman...... There were some parts, that were unnecessary for the story, and made no effect anyway....... For example, about Robert Montgomery marrying the barmaid woman..... Many situations happened too quickly, like when Vanessa gets angry w/ Benjie, and then forgives him so quickly....... The film could've been stretched longer...... Otherwise, for those who enjoy romance movies, this is worth a look...... I also look forward, to watching other Robert & Helen Hayes movies soon......


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