The Man and the Moment (1929)

75 mins | Comedy-drama | 7 July 1929

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Film Daily
11 Aug 1929.
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New York Times
5 Aug 1929
p. 25.
Variety
7 Aug 1929
p. 20.
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Release Date:
7 July 1929
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
27 July 1929
Copyright Number:
LP547
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 6,539 ft.
Duration(in mins):
75
Length(in feet):
7,086
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Young ingenue Joan, only a short time removed from her sequestered Nebraska upbringing, has trouble with her airplane motor, force-landing into the midst of bachelor Michel Towne's weekend yachting party. Michel rescues and returns her home to her stern and unsympathetic guardian, thereby incurring the wrath of the persistent Viola Hatfield, who has herself vowed to marry Michel as soon as her divorce is final. Michel, seeing a way out of his dilemma, proposes to Joan so that they may marry and immediatly separate, thereby thwarting the impositions of both Viola and Joan's guardian. She reluctantly agrees to a secret ceremony, and having been persuaded by the now much-adoring Michel to stay aboard the yacht for a celebration dinner, she is forced into a compromising position. She escapes the following morning but is spurned by her guardian after her confession and takes up forlornly with Viola's wastrel brother, Skippy Hatfield. The repentant Michel finally convinces Joan of his reform but is compromised by the untimely appearance of perservering Viola through a private entrance to his mansion, and Joan disgustedly leaves. She roars off in her plane, but not before Michel manages to get on board, and when the motor again fails, the apparently doomed lovers are reconciled before the crash. Michel's yacht rescues them the following morning, and Viola, at last finally untied from her previous matrimonial bonds, is informed of the ... +


Young ingenue Joan, only a short time removed from her sequestered Nebraska upbringing, has trouble with her airplane motor, force-landing into the midst of bachelor Michel Towne's weekend yachting party. Michel rescues and returns her home to her stern and unsympathetic guardian, thereby incurring the wrath of the persistent Viola Hatfield, who has herself vowed to marry Michel as soon as her divorce is final. Michel, seeing a way out of his dilemma, proposes to Joan so that they may marry and immediatly separate, thereby thwarting the impositions of both Viola and Joan's guardian. She reluctantly agrees to a secret ceremony, and having been persuaded by the now much-adoring Michel to stay aboard the yacht for a celebration dinner, she is forced into a compromising position. She escapes the following morning but is spurned by her guardian after her confession and takes up forlornly with Viola's wastrel brother, Skippy Hatfield. The repentant Michel finally convinces Joan of his reform but is compromised by the untimely appearance of perservering Viola through a private entrance to his mansion, and Joan disgustedly leaves. She roars off in her plane, but not before Michel manages to get on board, and when the motor again fails, the apparently doomed lovers are reconciled before the crash. Michel's yacht rescues them the following morning, and Viola, at last finally untied from her previous matrimonial bonds, is informed of the marriage. +

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