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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) | 1 more credit »
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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

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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

The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 10 November 1915 and closed in June 1916 after 245 performances. The opening night cast included playwright Leo Ditrichstein, Cora Witherspoon and William Ricciardi, who was also in the 1932 Broadway revival. 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

Waltz Song
(1867) (uncredited)
from "Roméo et Juliette"
Music by Charles Gounod
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré
Sung by Irene Dunne in English, with piano accompaniment by Adolphe Menjou
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Opera stars and their groupies
20 December 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Back in those early days of sound all the studios bought up whatever they could in the way of scripts. The Great Lover had been a play produced on Broadway by George M. Cohan and Sam Harris back during World War I years, but as the background is opera you will not hear a note of Cohan's in the story.

As those early sound days also brought a glut of musical films MGM had Irene Dunne playing a young opera ingenue who falls under the spell of womanizing opera star Adolph Menjou. Menjou certainly has his share of opera groupies as we see in the film. But he falls for her and has a hand in bringing her career along just as his is going into decline. A little bit of Maytime is also present here.

More than just a few elements of the many versions of A Star Is Born are found in The Great Lover. Also here is Neil Hamilton a young opera singer also interested in Dunne and the great Olga Baclanova from the Russian Art Theater. Only Dunne needed no dubbing for her part.

An interesting old chestnut, I doubt we'll see a remake though.


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