The Painted Veil

The Painted Veil

Greta Garbo
Director: Richard Boleslawski Cast: Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo
, Herbert Marshall
Herbert Marshall
, George Brent
George Brent
Richard Boleslawski

DVD (Full Frame)

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A W. Somerset Maugham novel was the source for the fair-to-middling Greta Garbo vehicle The Painted Veil. In a situation comparable to the plotlines of most of her silent films, Garbo is lovelessly married to Herbert Marshall, but carries a flaming torch for George Brent. (Also harking back to Garbo's silent days is the fact that neither one of the men in her life is particularly interesting!) Marshall, a brilliant physician, is compelled to go into the interior regions of China to quell a cholera epidemic. He knows that Garbo has been having an affair with politician Brent, and chivalrously gives her the choice of remaining with Brent or accompanying him. Fearing a scandal, Brent bids farewell to Garbo. Once they're in the midst of the epidemic, Garbo tirelessly works by her husband's side; eventually she falls in love with him for the first time. Seriously injured in a peasant uprising, Marshall hovers near death. Brent reappears, offering to take Garbo back with him. She refuses, electing to stay with her husband no matter what the future brings. Among the supporting players in The Painted Veil are Warner Oland and Keye Luke, one year away from their memorable pairing in Fox's Charlie Chan films.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/11/2013
UPC: 0883316830666
Original Release: 1934
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:25:00
Sales rank: 34,996

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Greta Garbo Katherine Koerber Fane
Herbert Marshall Dr. Walter Fane
George Brent Jack Townsend
Warner Oland Gen. Yu
Jean Hersholt Prof. Koerber
Beulah Bondi Frau Koerber
Katherine Alexander Mrs. Townsend
Cecilia Parker Olga
Forrester Harvey Waddington
Billy Bevan Bridegroom
Alice Cook Curious Woman
Vernon Dent Chief of Police
Lawrence Grant English Governor
Ethel Griffies Lady Coldchester
Olaf Hytten Dr. Somerset
Colin Kenny Actor
Jane Kerr Cruel Woman
Lillian Lawrence Spinster
Gus Leonard Major-Domo
Keye Luke Shay Kee Seng the Clerk
Margaret Mann Mother Superior
Leonard Mudie Secretary
James Wang Proprietor of Curio Shop
Delmar Watson Crying Boy
Dorothea Wolbert Stuttering Woman
Soo Yong Amah

Technical Credits
Richard Boleslawski Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Edith Fitzgerald Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Chester Hale Choreography
W. Somerset Maugham Source Author
John Meehan Screenwriter
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Hunt Stromberg Producer
Salka Viertel Screenwriter
Hugh Wynn Editor

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