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Du Barry, Woman of Passion (1930)

Passed | | Romance, Drama | 11 October 1930 (USA)
A French milliner becomes a casino hostess and courtesan, eventually rising to the position of mistress of King Louis XV.

Director:

Sam Taylor

Writers:

David Belasco (play), Sam Taylor (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Norma Talmadge ... Madame Du Barry
William Farnum ... Louis XV
Conrad Nagel ... Cosse de Brissac
Hobart Bosworth ... Duc de Brissac
Ullrich Haupt Ullrich Haupt ... Jean Du Barry
Alison Skipworth ... La Gourdan
E. Alyn Warren ... Denys
Edgar Norton ... Renal
Edwin Maxwell ... Maupeou
Henry Kolker ... D'Aiguillon
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A French milliner becomes a casino hostess and courtesan, eventually rising to the position of mistress of King Louis XV.

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Taglines:

Glamorous Lady of love! Kings were mad about her! A nation fell before her subtle charms- the most beautiful and bewitching adventuress the world has ever known! (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York NY)) 28 October 1930)

Genres:

Romance | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flame of the Flesh See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Paintings of the real Madame Du Barry depict her as a blond with brilliant blue eyes, while Norma Talmadge was a brunette with dark brown eyes. See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Thursdays with Abie (2010) See more »

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Another Hollywood Myth Smashed
26 April 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

For decades I heard that superstar Norma Talmadge fled from talkies because of her New York accent. Not true! Finally getting to see DuBarry, it's evident that Talmadge's accent and voice were just fine. While the film is static and the story tame, Talmadge is quite good as the French courtesan. Her opening scene is a hoot. With her foot caught in the water, she is caught by Conrad Nagel. Her clothes are in a nearby tree. Norma comes up for air sputtering and spitting water. Always known as a great dramatic actress, Talmadge was also a good comic and has fun in a few scenes in this film. The print I have is lousy, but it's good enough to get a glimpse of what Talmadge could have been in talkies. Nagel is OK as the doomed lover. William Farnum is Louis, Alison Skipworth the madame, Ullrich Haupt is the "husband," and Eugenie Besserer is Rosalie. Although the sound revolution destroyed many Hollywood careers, Norma Talmadage may have been the greatest victim.


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