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The Great Lover (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 18 July 1931 (USA)
Jean Paurel is a womanizing opera star, who agrees to help Diana Page her career in order to take advantage of her. But instead he finds falling in love with her. To complicate matters, ... See full summary »

Director:

Harry Beaumont

Writers:

Leo Ditrichstein (based on the play written by), Frederic Hatton (based on the play written by) (as Frederic) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Adolphe Menjou ... Jean Paurel
Irene Dunne ... Diana Page
Ernest Torrence ... Potter
Neil Hamilton ... Carlo Jonenini
Olga Baclanova ... Mme. Savarova (as Baclanova)
Cliff Edwards ... Finny
Hale Hamilton ... Stapleton
Roscoe Ates ... Rosco (as Rosco Ates)
Herman Bing ... Losseck
Elsa Janssen ... Mme. Neumann Baumbach (as Else Janssen)
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Storyline

Jean Paurel is a womanizing opera star, who agrees to help Diana Page her career in order to take advantage of her. But instead he finds falling in love with her. To complicate matters, Jean's understudy turns out to be Diana's old flame, and tries to rekindle their relationship. Written by Robert Tonsing <rtonsing@vvm.com>

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | German

Release Date:

18 July 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le grand amour See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

According to contemporary newspaper advertisements, this film and Ex-Bad Boy (1931) played on a double in some theaters in early 1932. See more »

Quotes

Diana: I'm sorry if I missed anything in life that would make me a better artist. Oh, I know I need training and help and advice. Well, there's nothing I wouldn't do.
Paurel: Nothing?
Diana: Nothing!
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Connections

Version of The Great Lover (1920) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Song
(1870) (uncredited)
from "Die Walküre"
Music and libretto by Richard Wagner
Sung by Herman Bing a cappella
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Simply delightful obscure film
20 December 2005 | by chank46See all my reviews

What a delightful movie! For anyone interested in how opera was perceived in the 30's ,this is a must. I heartily urge a DVD release. Adolphe Menjou is superb as the womanizing real life Don GIovanni who finally succumbs to cupids arrow. What a class act. His portrayal is full of ribald humor and sensitivity. Irene Dunne is also superb as the naive young ingénue who will take the opera by storm. There is a host of wonderful supporting players who add to the sparkle of this movie. This is admittedly a very dated film but therein lies the charm. An era of the opera AND cinema is recreated beautifully. This movie will appeal not only to opera fans but also nostalgia buffs. It gives us a sense of operatic and film history. Terrific!


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