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When a Man Loves (1927)

Passed | | History, Romance | 21 August 1927 (USA)
A nobleman studying for the priesthood abandons his vocation in 18th Century France when he falls in love with a beautiful, but reluctant, courtesan.

Director:

Alan Crosland

Writer:

Bess Meredyth (adapted by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Barrymore ... Chevalier Fabien des Grieux
Dolores Costello ... Manon Lescaut
Warner Oland ... André Lescaut
Sam De Grasse ... Comte Guillot de Morfontaine
Holmes Herbert ... Jean Tiberge
Stuart Holmes ... Louis XV - King of France
Bertram Grassby ... Le Duc de Richelieu
Tom Santschi ... Captain of Convict Boat
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Storyline

Fabien des Grieux, a divinity student, comes to the rescue of a beautiful girl, Manon Lescaut, when her brother tries to "sell" her to the lecherous Comte Guillot de Morfontaine. Fabien and Manon fall in love and he abandons his priestly ambitions. But de Morfontaine has no intention of giving up his desire to possess Manon. She again falls into his clutches. Fabien, borrowing on his father's wealth, transforms himself into a gentleman gambler and moves into court society. But there he discovers that Manon is endangered not only by the cruel de Morfontaine, but by the King of France himself. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

To love her meant-disaster...he fought the world and wrecked his life! (Print Ad-San Jose Evening News, (San Jose, Calif.)) 8 December 1927)

Genres:

History | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Manon Lescaut See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$885,699
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print) (2006 restoration)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone) (musical score and sound effects)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

After "The End" appears on the screen, the entire Vitaphone Symphony Orchestra and its conductor (Herman Heller) appears on the screen, partly in closeup, for about 15 seconds. The New York Times reviewer of 4 February 1927 noted that the Vitaphone synchronization process was so good that he, and probably most of the audience, had forgotten that there was no orchestra in the pit. When the orchestra and conductor were shown onscreen, the surprised audience loudly cheered. See more »

Goofs

Noble Johnson's character is termed "An Apache," a French word which would imply he was a brutal pimp. That term did not come into use until the early 20th Century. See more »

Quotes

Captain of Convict Boat: If all the prisoners are accounted for, then unleash these women.
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Connections

Version of The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Manon Lescaut (1980) See more »

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A Swashbuckler Rather Than the Romance the Title Suggests
5 January 2019 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Although most of what he does is in pursuit of the lovely Dolores Costello, much of the action actually consists of The Great Profile seeing off the competition at swords point in his pursuit of said fair lady.

Marcelle Corday is unjustly uncredited but memorably chic in the earlier scenes as haughty hotel maid Marie.


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