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A Woman of Affairs (1928)

Not Rated | | Drama | 15 December 1928 (USA)
When two childhood sweethearts are kept from marrying, misery ensues.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Michael Arlen (from a story by), Marian Ainslee (titles) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Diana Merrick
John Gilbert ... Neville Holderness
Lewis Stone ... Dr. Hugh Trevelyan
Johnny Mack Brown ... David Furness (as John Mack Brown)
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Jeffry Merrick
Hobart Bosworth ... Sir Morton Holderness
Dorothy Sebastian ... Constance
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Storyline

Even when Diana, Neville and David played together as children, Diana knew that she loved Nevs. But Morton, Nevs' father, did not like any Merrick. Since Nevs did not have any money, Morton sent him off to Egypt to work and also talked him out of marrying Diana before he left. Diana waited two years and then married David, who Jeffry thought was the greatest thing since sliced bread. While in Paris, David jumps to his death when the cops come after him and Diana lies about the reason for the sake of Jeffry. Of course Jeffry, who has been a drunk all his life, cuts all ties with Diana. While Nevs still loves Diana, she does not return to England for seven years - just 3 days before Nevs' wedding to Constance. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Taglines:

Wild Desire! Burning Lips! Racing Hearts! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express,((Buffalo, NY)) 2 January 1929) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eine schamlose Frau See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$383,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (copyright time) | (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono (musical score and sound effects)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Arlen's 1924 novel was turned into a play of the same title, "The Green Hat". It opened on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St., on September 25, 1925 and ran for 231 performances. See more »

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Quotes

Neville: My dear - you're using too much lip rouge.
Constance: Kiss me more often, Nevs darling - and you'll grow used to it.
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Alternate Versions

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer also released this picture as a totally silent movie. See more »

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Soundtracks

Love's First Kiss
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Music by William Axt and David Mendoza
Lyrics by Raymond Klages
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Beautifully shot melodrama

As another reviewer has noted, there are some shots in this movie that are stunning, even to this day. My favorite is when the camera pulls back from the key in Fairbanks' door to Fairbanks sitting in his chair, having taken what was probably morphine. There are plenty of similar shots that would prompt me to watch this movie a second time. Having said that, the story is a pantload. Frankly, despite the great performances I didn't buy into the motivations of any of the characters. Maybe too many of the novel's rough edges were sanded down for Hollywood audiences. For such a legendary star, Garbo appeared in a lot of bad movies. She like a fine craftsman reduced to installing Lowe's cabinets in suburban tract homes.


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