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The Great Lover (1931)

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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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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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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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

Paurel: Your kisses are divine. Your kisses... Potter?
Potter: Yes, sir?
Paurel: Who said that?
Potter: Why, it, eh, it was the red haired lady who swooned when we kissed her, sir.
Paurel: Ah, yes! She swooned.
Potter: Yes, sir, she swooned.
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Connections

Version of The Great Lover (1920) See more »

Soundtracks

Là ci darem la mano
(1787) (uncredited)
from "Don Giovanni"
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
Sung by Irene Dunne and Adolphe Menjou a cappella twice
Performed at the opera house
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A Simple But Classic Story Of Love
20 December 2016 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

"The Great Lover" has been described by reviewers here as "an opera story" without much story. Although the film takes place in and around opera, I consider it to be about theater. As talkies took the place of silent films, it was natural for filmmakers to look to the stage for great stories. "The Great Lover" may not be a theater classic, but it has a classic story and is written as many of the great plays are--with s simple theme and writing that requires great actors to fill in the spaces between the lines with emotional subtlety. Aldolphe Menjou--as the womanizing opera star Jean Paurel--does a terrific job of conveying each emotional note of his role.

He is aided by Ernest Torrence, who plays Potter, his manservant. Torrence is a delightful actor with great range, whose career would be tragically cut short a few years later. His talents gave him success in both silent films and talkies.

The primary object of Paurel's affections is Diana (Irene Dunne). He woos her like every other woman, then finds she is more to him. Through his passions for her and music, he discovers another side to himself even as he recognizes his true nature.

Though described as a drama, "The Great Lover" feels more like a comedy to me, with elements of many of the basic comedy forms.

While it is not a great film, I thoroughly enjoyed the direction and acting required to make its characters understandable and engaging.


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