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Wild Orchids (1929)

A prince in Java tries to seduce his visitor's wife, but he's discovered.

Director:

Sidney Franklin

Writers:

John Colton (story), Hanns Kräly (continuity) (as Hans Kraly) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Lillie Sterling
Lewis Stone ... John Sterling
Nils Asther ... Prince De Gace
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Storyline

Lillie Sterling comes with her husband, John, on a business trip to Java, expecting a second honeymoon. On the ship, she witnesses Javanese Prince De Gace mercilessly whipping a servant and shrinks in horror from the sight. When John is befriended by the Prince, who is very attracted to Lillie, she tries to have little to do with him. During a conversation in their room, John is called away to answer a wire, and the Prince steals a kiss in his absence, for which she slaps him. So she is understandably upset when John accepts the Prince's invitation to stay at his plantation in Java when he promised to arrange a tiger hunt. She tries to dissuade John from going, but John says he always wanted to shoot a tiger and she is being unreasonable. Once at the plantation, John is too busy to pay much attention to Lillie, and when he is away, the Prince tries to seduce her. Lillie flees in tears after another kiss, afraid of her own emotions. Finally, she embraces the Prince when he tries again,... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Romance | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Divlje orhideje See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$322,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$622,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$543,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (musical score and sound effects)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

During production Greta Garbo's friend and mentor, Mauritz Stiller, died in Sweden. Devastated by his death, Garbo traveled to Sweden incognito to mourn his death. Her secretive travel plans were quickly foiled when she was recognized on the voyage. See more »

Quotes

Prince De Gace: Your husband thought you would be safer if I remained with you.
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Featured in The Divine Garbo (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Som en Vild Orkidé
Music by Georg Enders
Lyrics by Nils-Georg
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Entertaining Film
29 September 2017 | by salvidienusorfitusSee all my reviews

Greta Garbo is great as the neglected wife while Lewis Stone portrays his part of husband too busy with his work to realize he is neglecting his wife. Nils Aster portrays a Javanese Prince who clearly has self control issues. He not only beats his servants but even attempts to seduce Greta Garbo when he realizes she is being neglected by her husband. His repugnant behavior towards her border on attempted rape.

The Synchronized Score is pleasing. I especially like the theme song "You Are Like Wild Orchids" which is played and sung several times. The native Javanese song and dance sections however are quite strange and features unpleasant discordant melodies. The removal of that sequence from the film would have improved the picture tremendously.


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