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Brief Moment (1933)

A dissolute rich society boy marries a worldly nightclub singer, and she begins to have a wholly unexpected effect on him.

Director:

David Burton

Writers:

S.N. Behrman (play), Edith Fitzgerald (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Carole Lombard ... Abby Fane
Gene Raymond ... Rodney Deane
Donald Cook ... Franklin Deane
Monroe Owsley ... Harold Sigrift
Arthur Hohl ... Steve Walsh
Irene Ware ... Joan
Theresa Maxwell Conover ... Mrs. William Deane (as Theresa Maxwell)
Reginald Mason ... Mr. William Deane
Jameson Thomas ... Count Armand
Florence Britton ... Kay Deane
Herbert Evans ... Alfred
Edward LeSaint ... Higgins - Office Manager
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Storyline

A dissolute rich society boy marries a worldly nightclub singer, and she begins to have a wholly unexpected effect on him.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Intrusa See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In an early bit of dialogue, Gene Raymond's character listens to his parents say he shouldn't marry a blues singer, and he replies, "Whom should I marry - Schumann-Heink?," referring to a famous opera singer who had just retired in 1932. Ironically, when Raymond himself married in 1937 his bride was an opera singer as well as a movie star: Jeanette MacDonald. See more »

Goofs

In the montage depicting Rodney going to the horse races instead of work, one shot shows Churchill Downs in Kentucky with its distinctive twin spires on the grandstand - which is nowhere close to New York City, of course. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rodney Deane: Here, we're going out.
Abby Fane: Going out?
Rodney Deane: Yeah, the whole family's waiting for us.
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Soundtracks

Say What You Mean, and Mean What You're Saying to Me
Written by Gerald Marks and Joe Young
Performed by Carole Lombard
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Wastrel
16 September 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Brief Moment stars Carole Lombard and in this film she is gets married to wealthy Gene Raymond who has a nice arrangement with his father Reginald Mason and brother Donald Cook. Dad makes the money and the two of them spend it. Lombard is a nightclub singer who falls for Raymond, but tries to reform him.

Back in the day a character like Raymond was called a wastrel. It's a 19th century word I wish would come back into common usage describing someone who just wants to have a good time and nothing else. They also are wealthy enough to see it works out that way.

During a time when a quarter of the country was out of work such people were really looked down on. Lombard thinks Raymond has abilities but he won't use them. The crux of the story.

One character does stand out that of Monroe Owsley as Raymond's best friend and fellow partygoer. He's a real piece of work.

Brief Moment is a Depression Era story that probably would not work well with a contemporary audience. It's a museum piece of a film.


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