6.6/10
1,187
13 user 4 critic

The Trespasser (1929)

The trial and tribulations of a strong-willed woman who elopes and gives birth out of wedlock without telling her ex-husband.

Director:

Edmund Goulding

Writer:

Edmund Goulding
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A prostitute seeking a fresh start becomes the obsession of a religious extremist.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Blanche Friderici, Charles Lane
Indiscreet (1931)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young woman jeopardizes the relationship with the man she loves when a no-account from her past shows up.

Director: Leo McCarey
Stars: Gloria Swanson, Ben Lyon, Monroe Owsley
Queen Kelly (1932)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A convent girl is abducted and seduced by a prince before being sent off to a brothel in East Africa.

Directors: Erich von Stroheim, Richard Boleslawski
Stars: Gloria Swanson, Walter Byron, Seena Owen
Thunderbolt (1929)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A criminal known as Thunderbolt is imprisoned and facing execution. Into the next cell is placed Bob Moran, an innocent man who has been framed and who is in love with Thunderbolt's girl. ... See full summary »

Director: Josef von Sternberg
Stars: George Bancroft, Fay Wray, Richard Arlen
Hallelujah (1929)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A sharecropper decides to become a preacher after falling for a vamp from the city.

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Daniel L. Haynes, Nina Mae McKinney, William Fountaine
Coquette (1929)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A flirtatious Southern belle is compromised with one of her suitors.

Director: Sam Taylor
Stars: Mary Pickford, Johnny Mack Brown, Matt Moore
Black Widow (1954)
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young writer insinuates herself into the life of a Broadway producer.

Director: Nunnally Johnson
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Van Heflin, Gene Tierney
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young opera singer finds her career stalled because of her cold and passionless performances, until she finds romance with a handsome admirer.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Gloria Swanson, Melvyn Douglas, Alison Skipworth
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In sixteenth century Padua, Hortensio loves Bianca, the youngest daughter of Baptista. But Baptista will not allow the two to get married until his eldest daughter, the extremely headstrong... See full summary »

Director: Sam Taylor
Stars: Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Edwin Maxwell
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Lally is a rich girl whose father writes books and plays Polo. After 23 years of marriage, he decides to divorce his wife, and marry Mrs. Chevers. This sours Lally on all men, while on ... See full summary »

Director: E. Mason Hopper
Stars: Norma Shearer, Belle Bennett, Lewis Stone
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A young couple decide to marry under the condition that they agree never to disagree. That agreement is soon put to the test when the husband finds himself attracted to a beautiful young woman.

Director: Cyril Gardner
Stars: Gloria Swanson, Laurence Olivier, John Halliday
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A film star and her young daughter stow away on a cross-country train to California. The compartment they invade belongs to a celebrated biology professor; romance blossoms. The star's manager turns up; complications ensue.

Director: Milton H. Bren
Stars: Gloria Swanson, James Warren, Fred Clark
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Gloria Swanson ... Marion Donnell
Robert Ames ... Jack Merrick
Purnell Pratt ... Hector Ferguson
Henry B. Walthall ... Fuller
Wally Albright ... Jack Merrick (as Wally Albright Jr.)
William Holden William Holden ... John Merrick, Sr.
Blanche Friderici ... Miss Potter - Nurse (as Blanche Frederici)
Kay Hammond ... Catherine 'Flip' Merrick
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Ferguson
Marcelle Corday ... Blanche - the Maid
Edit

Storyline

A stenographer who works for a lawyer falls in love with and marries a wealthy young man. His family has the marraige annulled, after which she gives birth to a child. Her former boss helps her out to ensure the child's welfare, which starts gossip that she is a "kept woman." Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

chicago illinois | society | See All (2) »

Taglines:

Come hear the voice that has thrilled two continents in the picture that has praised as "GREAT"! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor que peca See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$725,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gloria Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Remade in 1937 as That Certain Woman, starring Bette Davis in the Swanson role. See more »

Quotes

Marion Donnell: Mr. Merrick, I married your son because I loved him and thought he loved me. I felt that if he worked on his own for us both it would make a man of him. I put him to the test and he failed me!
Jack Merrick: No Marian!
Marion Donnell: You came here to save your son from a fortune-hunting parasite, well you happen to have saved her instead. Annul the marriage, take him back, I don't want him!
See more »

Alternate Versions

Shot simultaniously in silent and sound versions. See more »

Connections

Remade as That Certain Woman (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

I Love You Truly
(uncredited)
Written by Carrie Jacobs Bond
Performed by Gloria Swanson & Robert Ames
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Gloria Swanson Is Great!
15 October 2006 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Famous United Artists film from 1929 with Gloria Swanson in her smash-hit talkie debut. I saw this at the George Eastman House in Rochester last week; it has the only known complete print and it's a beautifully restored version.

Swanson stars as a private secretary who marries a wealthy man's son. But their honeymoon is interrupted by the angry father who bullies the son into getting an annulment to "test" Swanson, while they "gussy her up" for their society friends. Swanson storms out but the boy doesn't follow. Later she reads about his marriage to a "proper" girl in Europe. So she decides to never tell him about the baby from their honeymoon night. Later she reads about a terrible accident and the other wife's injuries. But by then Swanson has shacked up with her boss and living off him even though he is married. Everything comes to a head when the boss dies and Swanson tries to go straight but can't make a living to support herself and her baby. Re-enter the first husband, his crippled wife, and treacherous father.

Pure soap but it's very well done and Swanson (with her 2nd Oscar nomination for this gem) is totally great. Opening scene is a long dolly shot moving in toward her office where she has her back to the camera as she types. Her first words are "and how!" as the 'can-do" secretary. Up thru the honeymoon Swanson is bright and funny as the happy bride. She was a terrific comedienne. But when the story turns tragic, Swanson really comes into her element as the suffering mother, the high-living floozy, and finally the contrite penitent.

Robert Ames is the husband, Henry B. Walthall is the office manager, Kay Hammond is the crippled wife, Blanche Frederici is the nanny, Purnell Pratt is the boss, William Holden is the mean father, Henry Armetta is the barber, Mary Forbes is the boss's wife (in fabulous clothes and jewelry), and Stu Erwin shows up as a reporter.

Swanson sings "Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere" and "My Tormented Heart" in the Italian version.

A pity this film will likely never be released on DVD. The Trespasser is a great moment in a great star's career.


49 of 50 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed