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When a Man Loves (1927)

Passed | | History, Romance | 21 August 1927 (USA)
A nobleman studying for the priesthood abandons his vocation in 18th Century France when he falls in love with a beautiful, but reluctant, courtesan.

Director:

Alan Crosland

Writer:

Bess Meredyth (adapted by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Barrymore ... Chevalier Fabien des Grieux
Dolores Costello ... Manon Lescaut
Warner Oland ... André Lescaut
Sam De Grasse ... Comte Guillot de Morfontaine
Holmes Herbert ... Jean Tiberge
Stuart Holmes ... Louis XV - King of France
Bertram Grassby ... Le Duc de Richelieu
Tom Santschi ... Captain of Convict Boat
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Storyline

Fabien des Grieux, a divinity student, comes to the rescue of a beautiful girl, Manon Lescaut, when her brother tries to "sell" her to the lecherous Comte Guillot de Morfontaine. Fabien and Manon fall in love and he abandons his priestly ambitions. But de Morfontaine has no intention of giving up his desire to possess Manon. She again falls into his clutches. Fabien, borrowing on his father's wealth, transforms himself into a gentleman gambler and moves into court society. But there he discovers that Manon is endangered not only by the cruel de Morfontaine, but by the King of France himself. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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To love her meant-disaster...he fought the world and wrecked his life! (Print Ad-San Jose Evening News, (San Jose, Calif.)) 8 December 1927)

Genres:

History | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Manon Lescaut See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$885,699
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print) (2006 restoration)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone) (musical score and sound effects)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The working title of "Manon Lescaut" was changed, because an Ufa film with that title opened in New York 29 November 1926. See more »

Goofs

The tiny cat drawn on the face of le Duc de Richelieu changes from his left cheek, to his right cheek, back to his left cheek, and back to his right cheek. This could be because the film was spliced backwards in a some shots. See more »

Quotes

Chevalier Fabien des Grieux: PULL - you hellions - for liberty!
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Version of Manon Lescaut (1914) See more »

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Her Grandmother's Eyes
12 December 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Director Alan Crosland and star John Barrymore attempt to recapture the the success of their previous effort, THE BELOVED ROGUE, with this story of debauchery and all-conquering love in the ancien regime, from the novel MANON LESCAUT. It was a popular story, made into a couple of ballets and an opera by Puccini. But despite the sumptuous sets and stuntwork, it lacks the essential verve and generosity of Barrymore's performance in the earlier movie -- but this movie is not about him. The star of the picture is Dolores Costello, who would marry Barrymore a year later. The modern moviegoer should be able to recognize her easily enough. Their grand daughter, Drew Barrymore, has her eyes.

At first it seemed to me that Barrymore was too old for the role -- a young man studying for the priesthood in his forties? But the very real chemistry of the two stars more than makes up for that.


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