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The Guardsman (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 7 November 1931 (USA)
A Vienna based acting couple make magic when they perform together on stage. Unknown to the theater going public and despite being married for only six months, that magic seems no longer to... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Franklin

Writers:

Ferenc Molnár (from the play by) (as Ferenc Molnar), Ernest Vajda (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alfred Lunt ... The Actor
Lynn Fontanne ... The Actress
Roland Young ... The Critic
Zasu Pitts ... Liesl
Maude Eburne ... 'Mama'
Herman Bing ... A Creditor
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A Vienna based acting couple make magic when they perform together on stage. Unknown to the theater going public and despite being married for only six months, that magic seems no longer to translate to their personal life, where they are constantly arguing, even under their breaths during on-stage curtain calls. These arguments stem from the actress' moody behavior, which the actor believes means that she no longer loves him and that she is looking for another man to replace him in her personal life. He believes she even scans the audience for potential suitors, probably being most attracted to the soldier type. Their feuding is at a point where they take pot shots at each other about everything in their lives, even the quality of the other's acting. The actor may have a valid point as the actress has been receiving bouquets of roses of late and a Russian guardsman has been seen hanging around outside their home. The actor knows these things as he is that Russian guardsman (who is ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

She said she KNEW his kiss! But what do you think? (Print Ad- The Telegraph, ((Brisbane Qld.)) 30 June 1932)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gardeskaptenen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, husband and wife, recreated the roles that they had played on Broadway in 1924. Although both had done silents, this was their debut in sound films. They would remain married until his death in 1977. See more »

Quotes

[encouraging the Actor to test his wife's fidelity]
Bernhardt the Critic: Follow her now, or you'll never know. You'll *never* know.
[Actor leaves]
Bernhardt the Critic: Nor will I.
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Connections

Remade as The Chocolate Soldier (1941) See more »

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A very entertaining well made comedy
22 September 2005 | by km_dicksonSee all my reviews

Real life husband and wife duo Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne play famous married theater performers (named in the credits only as The Actor and The Actress). The Actor is so convinced that his wife would be unfaithful to him if given the chance, he dresses up like a Russian officer to try and seduce her. The Guardsman remains the only sound film that either Lunt or Fontanne ever did, which is a damn shame. Both actors achieve a natural quality on screen rarely equaled in thirties films. Lunt especially gives a knockout comedic performance, not only as the whining, conceited, jealous husband, but also as the brash and passionate Guardsman. The rest of the cast play their parts perfectly as well, doing justice to the delightfully witty script. It looses some momentum in the second half, as the film slowly works its way to the conclusion you know is coming. They definitely could have played with the scenario a bit more. Nonetheless, it makes for a very enjoyable comedy.


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