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Strangers May Kiss (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 4 April 1931 (USA)
Against her friends wishes, Lisbeth moves to Mexico to live with her lover.


George Fitzmaurice (uncredited)


Ursula Parrott (from a book by), John Meehan (dialogue continuity)


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Complete credited cast:
Norma Shearer ... Lisbeth
Robert Montgomery ... Steve
Neil Hamilton ... Alan
Marjorie Rambeau ... Geneva
Irene Rich ... Celia
Hale Hamilton ... Andrew
Conchita Montenegro ... Spanish Dancer
Jed Prouty ... Harry
Albert Conti ... De Bazan
Henry Armetta ... Waiter
George Davis ... Waiter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Livingston ... (unconfirmed)


Lisbeth is a modern woman who thinks that marriage is old fashioned. She has two men in her life; Steve, who wants to marry her and Alan, who wants her to travel with him. Despite all the warnings by her friends and family, Lisbeth goes to Mexico with Alan where she is happy until she finds out that he has a wife in Paris and that he is leaving for his next job without her. Devastated, she spends a few years in Europe being the life of the party. While her reputation is well known, her life of gaiety has not made her happy. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Another Great Role - Another Blazing Triumph for the Winner of the 1930 Best Performance Award


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English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

4 April 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beijos a Esmo See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Norma Shearer had just had a child and was extremely self-conscious about her postpartum appearance. Cinematographer William Daniels remembered, "She worried about her figure and her complexion, and we dickered a lot about the lighting. I had to assure her several times that her figure was as svelte and shapely before her pregnancy." "I don't want the fans to see any difference," she said nervously, "I did my exercises, watched my diet, and I deserve to look good in this. I've earned the right!" See more »


During the opening of the movie, when Lisbeth (Norma Shearer) and Alan (Neil Hamilton) get off the plane they were flying in, there is no pilot visible when the plane door opens. See more »


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Norma in film that looks a lot like "The Divorcée"
21 August 2010 | by sdave7596See all my reviews

"Strangers May Kiss" was made in 1931, still the early days of sound films. The film stars Norma Shearer as a free-spirited woman who falls for a traveling journalist, played be Neil Hamilton. The film is certainly racy (for the time) in its frankness about issues like pre-marital sex and promiscuity. The Hays Code, while in existence, was largely ignored by studios until 1934. The story basically is that Shearer falls for Hamilton, knowing that he isn't the sort that wants to marry or be tied down. His career comes first, and that takes him all over the world. She agrees to the arrangement, but of course falls madly in love with him anyway. The two do travel some, but Hamilton deserts her (after telling her he is married!). Shearer embarks on a whirlwind of the good life, with lavish parties and lots of men, all in the attempt to forget Hamilton. She did the same thing in "The Divorcée" made just the year before, the film that earned her an Oscar. The film also stars a young Robert Montgomery, as a playboy with a penchant for drink and Shearer. He adds some much needed comic relief at times to a film that is somewhat heavy and drags at times. Hamilton isn't given much to do here, except play the bad guy. The script is somewhat lacking, but the real star of the show is Shearer. She traipses through the film in lavish costumes, various hairstyles, and plays a free soul at a time when not many women did so on-screen. While the film has some similarities to "The Divorcée" (woman loves man, loses man, embarks on affairs) it is not quite up to the standard of that earlier film. Still, it's always a delight to see Mrs. Irving Thalberg on-screen in her heyday. Love Shearer or not, the woman had tremendous screen presence.

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