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The Washington Masquerade (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 9 July 1932 (USA)
US senator falls in love with a young woman, without realizing she's using him to back the lobbyist she works for.

Director:

Charles Brabin

Writers:

John Meehan (continuty and dialogue), Samuel Blythe (in collaboration with) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Jeff Keane
Karen Morley ... Consuela Fairbanks
Diane Sinclair Diane Sinclair ... Ruth Keane
Nils Asther ... Brenner
Reginald Barlow Reginald Barlow ... Sen. Withers
William Collier Sr. ... Babcock
William Morris ... Sen. Hodge
Rafaela Ottiano ... Mona
C. Henry Gordon ... Hinsdale
Berton Churchill ... Sen. Bitler (as Burton Churchill)
Henry Kolker ... Stapleton
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US senator falls in love with a young woman, without realizing she's using him to back the lobbyist she works for.

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A Great Pageant of Thrills See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Washington Whirlpool See more »

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Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Henri Bernstein's play, "La griffe," opened in Paris, France, on 18 April 1906. It's translation and adaptation, "The Claw," by Edward Delaney Dunn and Louis Wolheim, opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 17 October 1921 and had 105 performances. Lionel Barrymore created his movie role in the play, which also included Ian Wolfe in the opening night cast. See more »

Soundtracks

America, My Country Tis of Thee
(1832) (uncredited)
Music by Lowell Mason
Based on the Music by Henry Carey from "God Save the King" (1744)
Lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith (1832)
In the score at the Capitol Building and at the end
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Karen Morley is the real find
4 January 2014 | by lshelhamerSee all my reviews

This story of the travails or a new Senator in Washington obviously brings to mind the later "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington". Both men are idealistic freshman Senators, who's first name happens to be Jefferson. However, James Stewart is a young neophyte, while here Lionel Barrymore is a mature experienced lawyer. One sticks to his idealism despite being pressured by back room power brokers, while the other succumbs to the blandishments of sex and money.

The plot gives Barrymore ample opportunity to emote through several speeches and scenes. But the real find here is Karen Morley. She starts out as a Perle Mesta-type Washington hostess, while also being in the employ of lobbyists. Later she marries Barrymore, and for much of the mid portion of the film, one can almost believe she is actually falling in love with her much older husband and might eventually switch sides. However, towards the end she shows her true colors.

The final scenes seem hurried and the ending contrived. But the film is still worthwhile both for Ms. Morley acting and as a comparison to the later James Stewart picture.


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