A Lady's Morals (1930)

86 mins | Melodrama, Musical | 8 November 1930

Director:

Sidney Franklin

Cinematographer:

George Barnes

Editor:

Margaret Booth

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

A working title of the film was The Soul Kiss . M-G-M produced a French-language version of the film entitled Jenny Lind that also starred Grace Moore (See Entry). Famous American opera singer Moore (ca. 1901--1947) made her motion picture debut in A Lady's Morals . For additional information on her, please consult the entry above for the 1953 Warner Bros. biographical film So This is Love , directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Kathryn Grayson. According to contemporary sources, Moore sang the following arias in A Lady’s Morals : "Casta Diva," from Norma by Vincenzo Bellini; and "Rataplan," from The Daughter of the Regiment by Gaetano ... More Less

A working title of the film was The Soul Kiss . M-G-M produced a French-language version of the film entitled Jenny Lind that also starred Grace Moore (See Entry). Famous American opera singer Moore (ca. 1901--1947) made her motion picture debut in A Lady's Morals . For additional information on her, please consult the entry above for the 1953 Warner Bros. biographical film So This is Love , directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Kathryn Grayson. According to contemporary sources, Moore sang the following arias in A Lady’s Morals : "Casta Diva," from Norma by Vincenzo Bellini; and "Rataplan," from The Daughter of the Regiment by Gaetano Donizetti. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
9 Nov 1930.
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New York Times
8 Nov 1930
p. 21.
Variety
12 Nov 1930
p. 21.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
SOUND
Rec eng
Rec eng
DANCE
Dance dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"It Is Destiny" "Student's Song" and "I Hear Your Voice," words by Clifford Grey, music by Oscar Straus
"Oh, Why?" words by Arthur Freed, music by Herbert Stothart and Harry M. Woods
"Lovely Hour," words and music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
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SONGS
"It Is Destiny" "Student's Song" and "I Hear Your Voice," words by Clifford Grey, music by Oscar Straus
"Oh, Why?" words by Arthur Freed, music by Herbert Stothart and Harry M. Woods
"Lovely Hour," words and music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
"Swedish Pastorale," words and music by Howard Johnson and Herbert Stothart
“Casta Diva” from the opera Norma , music by Vincenzo Bellini, libretto by Felice Romani
and "Rataplan" from the opera La Fille du Régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) , music by Gaetano Donizetti, libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François Bayard.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The soul kiss
Jenny Lind
Release Date:
8 November 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
27 October 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1680
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
86
Length(in feet):
7,856
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Paul Brandt, a young composer, falls hopelessly in love with singer Jenny Lind, following her from city to city, hoping to impress her by his persistency. Jenny loses her voice while performing Norma , and in the chaos that ensues, Paul is struck on the head, gradually causing him to become blind. He is instrumental in bringing the songstress to a maestro who is able to restore her voice, thus proving his unselfish love. She returns with him to Sweden, still chaste and unstirred, but when it becomes evident that Paul is becoming blind, he leaves without explanation just as Jenny is beginning to respond to his love. She is about to make her American debut at the Castle Garden in New York under the direction of P. T. Barnum when she is happily reunited with Paul, now a wandering blind ... +


Paul Brandt, a young composer, falls hopelessly in love with singer Jenny Lind, following her from city to city, hoping to impress her by his persistency. Jenny loses her voice while performing Norma , and in the chaos that ensues, Paul is struck on the head, gradually causing him to become blind. He is instrumental in bringing the songstress to a maestro who is able to restore her voice, thus proving his unselfish love. She returns with him to Sweden, still chaste and unstirred, but when it becomes evident that Paul is becoming blind, he leaves without explanation just as Jenny is beginning to respond to his love. She is about to make her American debut at the Castle Garden in New York under the direction of P. T. Barnum when she is happily reunited with Paul, now a wandering blind musician. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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