The Trespasser

The Trespasser

Gloria Swanson
Director: Edmund Goulding Cast: Gloria Swanson
Gloria Swanson
, Robert Ames
Robert Ames
, Purnell Pratt
Purnell Pratt
Edmund Goulding


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The Trespasser was Gloria Swanson's first all-talking picture. All talk is right. Swanson plays a humble secretary who marries the son (Robert Ames) of a domineering millionaire (William Holden--no, not that William Holden). The father-in-law bullies Swanson into giving up his son; she agrees to step out of his life, proudly withholding the fact that she's about to become a mother. Later, Swanson enters her ex-husband's social class via an inheritance. Unfortunately, he's remarried to Kay Hammond, who is crippled and thus more needful of the man's love and comfort than self-reliant Swanson. Tearfully, Swanson gives up the man she loves, left only with her child and a bulging bank account. When Trespasser was remade by director Edmund Goulding as That Certain Woman with Bette Davis in 1937, a last-minute happy ending was tacked on--if one can call the death of wife number two a joyous event. As for the original film, Gloria Swanson proved (contrary to the popular belief engendered by Sunset Boulevard) that she could have been just as big a star in talkies as she'd been in silents (she even sings well); unfortunately her subsequent judgment in screenplay selection resulted in a string of flops.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/26/2015
UPC: 0089218762993
Original Release: 1929
Source: Alpha Video
Sales rank: 51,148

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gloria Swanson Marion Donnell
Robert Ames Jack Merrick
Purnell Pratt Hector Ferguson, Lawyer
William Holden John Merrick, Sr.
Henry B. Walthall Fuller
Wally Albright "Jackie" Merrick
Kay Hammond Catherine "Flip" Merrick
Blanche Frederici Miss Potter
Marcelle Corday Blanche
Henry Armetta Barber
Brooks Benedict Reporter
Billy Bevan Reporter
Ed Brady Moving man
Rychard Cramer Reporter
Stuart Erwin Reporter
Mary Forbes Mrs. Ferguson
Bill O'Brien Butler
Lloyd Whitlock Member of Board of Directors
Allan Cavan Doctor

Technical Credits
Edmund Goulding Director,Songwriter,Producer,Screenwriter
George Barnes Cinematographer
Laura Hope Crews Screenwriter
Cyril Gardner Editor,Screenwriter
Stephen Goosson Art Director
Elsie Janis Songwriter
Joseph P. Kennedy Executive Producer
Ann Morgan Costumes/Costume Designer
Gregg Toland Cinematographer
Josiah Zuro Score Composer

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