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-But the Flesh Is Weak (1932)

Passed | | Comedy | 9 April 1932 (USA)
The Clements father and son live by the generosity of rich women. Max, the son, sets his sites on Lady Joan, who is rich, but down-to-earth and charming. At her house he meets Rosine Brown,... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Conway

Writers:

Ivor Novello (play), Ivor Novello (dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... Max Clement
Nora Gregor ... Mrs. Rosine Brown
Heather Thatcher ... Lady Joan Culver
Edward Everett Horton ... Sir George Kelvin
C. Aubrey Smith ... Florian Clement
Nils Asther ... Prince Paul
Frederick Kerr ... Duke of Hampshire
Eva Moore ... Lady Florence Ridgway
Forrester Harvey ... Gooch
Desmond Roberts ... Findley
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Storyline

The Clements father and son live by the generosity of rich women. Max, the son, sets his sites on Lady Joan, who is rich, but down-to-earth and charming. At her house he meets Rosine Brown, an Austrian widow involved with a rich man. Instantly infatuated with her, Max pursues Rosine until she relents and agrees to marry him. But the elder Clement loses 4500 pounds gambling and Max decides he must marry Joan to prevent his father's imprisonment. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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IT STARTS OFF WHERE "PRIVATE LIVES" LEFT OFF. (Print Ad- Auckland Star, ((Auckland, NZ)) 5 November 1932)

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

But the Flesh Is Weak See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Based on the play "The Truth Game" by Ivor Novello which opened on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., on December 27, 1930 and ran for 107 performances until March 1931. See more »

Quotes

Lady Joan Culver: Isn't the prince amusing?
Max Clement: I think he's revolting.
Lady Joan Culver: Oh no he's not. Just a bit obvious. Knows what he wants and gets it. He's got a terrific reputation as a lover.
Max Clement: How do people get reputations as lovers? Women tell their friends?
Lady Joan Culver: No, not exactly. But it gets about. If you see a lot of women looking particularly radiant - somebody's been around.
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Connections

Version of Free and Easy (1941) See more »

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maybe a second viewing would help...
30 March 2004 | by cheesepleaseSee all my reviews

I'm a big fan of Robert Montgomery, whom I think paired best with Norma Shearer. In his early dashing leading man roles, he's like a princely powder puff, smelling of lavender. In this movie, "But the Flesh Is Weak," he's a sticking rose. Like a bee after honey, he pesters Nora Gregor in frame after frame. The movie became too sickly sweet for me midway, and I was wishing for more scenes with Montgomery and Sir C. Aubrey Smith, who plays his gambling father, surprisingly far more dashing than Montgomery in this film. My guess is that another viewing might be more pleasant. Nora Gregor and Heather Thatcher deliver solid performances and are dressed beautifully. Nils Asther plays an even bigger powder puff in this movie, but he's a delight.


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