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Behind the Make-Up (1930)

Passed | | Drama | 21 February 1930 (France)
Gardoni, a down-on-his-luck vaudeville performer, is taken in by a fellow performer, a clown who has a bicycle riding act. Gardoni shows his appreciation by stealing the clown's act and his girlfriend, whom he marries.

Directors:

Robert Milton, Dorothy Arzner (uncredited) | 2 more credits »

Writers:

Mildred Cram (story "The Feeder"), Howard Estabrook (adapted by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hal Skelly ... Hap Brown
William Powell ... Gardoni
Fay Wray ... Marie Gardoni
Kay Francis ... Kitty Parker
Paul Lukas ... Count Boris
E.H. Calvert ... Dawson
Agostino Borgato Agostino Borgato ... Pierre
Jacques Vanaire Jacques Vanaire ... Valet
Jean De Briac ... Sculptor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Torben Meyer ... Waiter
Bob Perry Bob Perry ... Bartender
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Storyline

Gardoni, a down-on-his-luck vaudeville performer, is taken in by a fellow performer, a clown who has a bicycle riding act. Gardoni shows his appreciation by stealing the clown's act and his girlfriend, whom he marries.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

21 February 1930 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Hjärtan bakom mask See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone) (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929-49, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Connections

Alternate-language version of Make Up (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Say It With Your Feet
(uncredited)
Written by Leo Robin, Sam Coslow and Newell Chase
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The story of a user and a sap.
31 August 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Hap Brown (Hal Skelly) is doing fine when the film begins. His vaudeville act is working well. However, he meets a down and out fellow comic, Gardoni (William Powell) and insists on helping him. For his trouble, Gardoni eventually steals Hap's act and his girlfriend! However, Hap is a sap and just takes it...and continues a successful partnership with Gardoni. But, through the course of the film, Gardoni shows himself to be a sociopath--a man who uses everyone and soon begins cheating on his poor wife with Kitty (Kay Francis). What will come of this jerk or the super-nice guy Hap? It can't go on like this forever.

This film really could have used closed captioning, as William Powell's Italian accent was very, very thick and often difficult to understand. It' also surprising to hear this coming from the actor--as in his later films there wasn't a hint of any particular accent other than his own.

As far as the film itself goes, it's only okay. The biggest problems are Powell's accent (mentioned above) and that Hap was just too nice and too good a guy to be real in the least. Despite being constantly dumped on, he's always...ALWAYS sweet and nicer than nice....making the film a bit bland and unrealistic. Not terrible but not one of the better films of the era.


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