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The Strange Case of Clara Deane (1932)

Passed | | Drama | 6 May 1932 (USA)
A young dress designer marries an insurance agent. They soon have a daughter, but what the wife doesn't know is that her husband is actually a criminal, who soon involves her--unwittingly--... See full summary »


Arthur M. Brilant (play), Max Marcin


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Cast overview:
Wynne Gibson ... Clara Deane
Pat O'Brien ... Frank Deane
Dudley Digges ... Detective Garrison
Frances Dee ... Nancy Deane
George Barbier ... Richard Ware
Russell Gleason ... Norman Ware
Lee Kohlmar Lee Kohlmar ... Moses Herzman
Cora Sue Collins ... Nancy Deane (as a child)
Florence Britton ... Miriam Ware
Clara Blandick ... Mrs. Lyons (scenes deleted)


A young dress designer marries an insurance agent. They soon have a daughter, but what the wife doesn't know is that her husband is actually a criminal, who soon involves her--unwittingly--in a robbery. Sentenced to prison, she gives up her baby for adoption. When she is released 15 years later, she sets out to find her long-lost daughter. A police inspector gets involved in her search and, for reasons of his own, tries to dissuade her from finding her child. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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SHE VOWED TO HONOR and OBEY! but a greater law commanded her faith! (Print Ad- Vancouver Sun, ((Vancouver, BC)) 6 June 1932)










Release Date:

6 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tudo Contra Ela See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Good mother-love junk
20 March 2006 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

Wynne Gibson didn't get to play a lot of leading roles, and she proves up to the task in this Stella Dallas/ Madelon Claudet/ Madame X-type weepie about the bad things that happen to a good woman. She's a talented dress designer circa 1912 who marries a shady insurance dealer (Pat O'Brien, cast against type and convincingly smarmy) and ends up an unwilling accomplice in an armed robbery. Forced to give up her adorable daughter, she emerges from prison and tries to track her down, hindered by a Javert-like but not entirely unsympathetic inspector (Dudley Digges). Gibson's makeup job doesn't convince you she spent 15 years at hard labor, but it's a sincere performance, and the mother-love suds churn up to a satisfying climax. This one isn't even shown on TCM (I saw it at Cinefest 2006, in Syracuse), and it's a shame, because it's faster-moving and less pretentious than other, more famous titles in this often-annoying subgenre.

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