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As originally cast, the film was to have starred not only John Barrymore but also Lionel Barrymore, the latter portraying the female protagonist's psychoanalyst/husband. That role ultimately went to Frank Morgan when, for whatever reasons, MGM's Plan B, Roland Young (as reported by Eileen Percy in the Jan. 20, 1933 issue of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) fell through. See more »
I must admit till last night while searching through a list of movies on line. I found this one that I had not heard of before. But, with a good looking cast in it, I thought I would give it a try. And I'm so glad I did because this movie from 1933 really is something of a forgotten treasure.
John Barrymore's larger than life portrayal of the banished Archduke Rudolf from Austria, now reduced to driving a taxi, is a scintillating performance by any standards.
I have seen quite a few of Barrymore's movies now and he has never disappointed me, and this one is definitely one of his most memorable.
Diana Wynyard is radiantly beautiful as Elena Krug, Rudolf's former love who is now married to a famous psychoanalyst played by Frank Morgan. Barrymore and Wynyard have great chemistry together. But the real surprise for me was Frank Morgan giving a wonderfully deft and understated performance.
The movie takes us through a variety of emotions all of which are played out beautifully. It really is a wonderful movie, and from somebody who is very hard please when it comes to films, I highly recommend this one as a glorious piece of old fashioned movie entertainment.
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