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Romance (1930)

Young Harry is in love and wants to marry an actress, much to the displeasure of his family. Harry thinks that Bishop Armstrong knows nothing about love so Armstrong tells him the story of ... See full summary »

Director:

Clarence Brown (uncredited)

Writers:

Edward Sheldon (from the play by), Bess Meredyth (dialogue continuity) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Rita Cavallini
Lewis Stone ... Cornelius Van Tuyl
Gavin Gordon ... Tom Armstrong
Elliott Nugent ... Harry
Florence Lake ... Susan Van Tuyl
Clara Blandick ... Abigail Armstrong
Henry Armetta ... Beppo
Mathilde Comont ... Vannucci
Rina De Liguoro Rina De Liguoro ... Nina (as Countess De Rina)
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Storyline

Young Harry is in love and wants to marry an actress, much to the displeasure of his family. Harry thinks that Bishop Armstrong knows nothing about love so Armstrong tells him the story of Rita and himself. Rita was an Opera Star singing in New York who was at a party given by Cornelius. Armstrong was a 28 year old rector. He fell for Rita when he saw her and after six weeks he wanted to marry her. Naive as he was, he thought that all of Rita's "relationships" were in the distant past, but Rita lives for the moment and knows that she can never marry Armstrong. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The ever changing- always alluring- first lady of the screen in her second talking picture. (Print Ad- Portsmouth Times, ((Portsmouth, Ohio)) 8 September 1930)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Romantik See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$496,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$733,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$523,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Favorite film of writer-comedian-director Carl Reiner. See more »

Quotes

Tom Armstrong: Do you know what's in this little box? Romance, my boy. The perfume of romance.
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Alternate Versions

MGM also issued this movie as a silent, but little details are known. See more »

Connections

Remake of Romance (1920) See more »

Soundtracks

Liebestraum No. 3 (A Dream of Love)
(1850) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Liszt
Played on piano by Greta Garbo
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Garbo. nuff said
2 August 2006 | by Maciste_BrotherSee all my reviews

ROMANCE is one of Greta Garbo's most forgotten films and one can see why. It's basically a filmed stage-play and not much happens in it. In fact, if you watch ROMANCE and no other Garbo movie, you basically saw every other Garbo film. Garbo plays a European woman who is attached to an older man but falls in love with a younger man, who's beyond her reach. This is the same story for INSPIRATION, SUSAN LENOX, MATA HARI, CAMILLE, etc. One has a vivid sense of deja vu while watching it, certainly if you saw her other films just before this one. And certainly because it also stars one of Garbo's most frequent co-stars, Lewis Stone.

So, is ROMANCE good? Yes, it's good. Not great but good. The fact that the story resembles so many other Garbo films, which are better than this one, sorta makes it less good or original. It's probably Garbo's least "sleazy" story. She's not a tramp or prostitute. She plays an opera singer. There's something chaste about ROMANCE, which is probably the film's most original aspect.

Needless to say, ROMANCE is a must see for fans of Garbo. She's looks lovely and she's good in it, even if she's, like the story, a bit stagy herself.


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