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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)
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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

The world premiere was at the Astor Theatre in New York on 9 September 1931. 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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Nice to see Lunt and Fontanne
16 August 2019 | by gbill-74877See all my reviews

A little creaky, but worth it to see the real-life husband/wife duo of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne who were legends on the stage, and who live up to at least some of that here. Lunt does well early on when he emotes little facial expressions and mannerisms in a very natural and modern way, and Fontanne towards the end is brilliant, especially talking about his kiss as she caresses his face, and in delivering a veiled ribald reference about something else of his. The story involves a pair of actors who are also husband and wife, but it's pretty basic. He's worried that because she's had a number of men as lovers before she married him, she'll move on to another after all of the bickering they've been doing. To test her, he dresses up as a Russian officer and sees how she reacts to his advances. Where Lunt falls down a bit is in his characterization of the Russian, which is clunky and odd; it doesn't work, and also makes the chemistry that develops with her seem false. I loved the delightful bit of ambiguity in that very last shot and this wouldn't be a bad film to see, but guard your expectations. (sorry, no pun intended)


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