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An earlier adaptation of the David Belasco play was produced by the Jesse L. Lasky company in 1916. Also entitled Sweet Kitty Bellairs , that film was directed by James Young and starred Mae Murray and Tom Forman (See ... More Less

An earlier adaptation of the David Belasco play was produced by the Jesse L. Lasky company in 1916. Also entitled Sweet Kitty Bellairs , that film was directed by James Young and starred Mae Murray and Tom Forman (See Entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
7 Sep 1930.
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New York Times
6 Sep 1930
p. 9.
Variety
10 Sep 1930
p. 17.
CAST
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LITERARY
Based on the play Sweet Kitty Bellairs by David Belasco (New York, 9 Dec 1903), which was based on the novel The Bath Comedy by Agnes and Egerton Castle (London, 1900).
SONGS
"You, I Love But You," "Gossip Song," "Highwayman's Song," "My Love," "Pump Song" and "Song of the Town of Bath," words by Walter O'Keefe, music by Bobby Dolan.
DETAILS
Release Date:
9 August 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
31 July 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1449
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Color
Technicolor
Length(in feet):
5,772
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 18th-century England, a coach bound for Bath carries gouty Lord Verney, a maid named Lydia, and the famous flirt known as Sweet Kitty Bellairs, en route to visit her sister Julia, wife of Sir Jasper Standish. They are all robbed by a highwayman, who returns Kitty's valuables, along with kisses and embraces. Kitty enchants the people of Bath; receiving a burning poem from the shy Lord Verney and a pledge from the highwayman. She also causes Standish to think his wife has been unfaithful and that Verney is the culprit. Later, when Standish, who mistrusts everyone except Verney, discovers Verney with Kitty in a compromising situation, Verney claims she is to be his wife. The following night, the highwayman kidnaps Kitty and reveals himself to be Captain O'Hara. He fights with a masked stranger, Verney, who wins and claims ... +


In 18th-century England, a coach bound for Bath carries gouty Lord Verney, a maid named Lydia, and the famous flirt known as Sweet Kitty Bellairs, en route to visit her sister Julia, wife of Sir Jasper Standish. They are all robbed by a highwayman, who returns Kitty's valuables, along with kisses and embraces. Kitty enchants the people of Bath; receiving a burning poem from the shy Lord Verney and a pledge from the highwayman. She also causes Standish to think his wife has been unfaithful and that Verney is the culprit. Later, when Standish, who mistrusts everyone except Verney, discovers Verney with Kitty in a compromising situation, Verney claims she is to be his wife. The following night, the highwayman kidnaps Kitty and reveals himself to be Captain O'Hara. He fights with a masked stranger, Verney, who wins and claims Kitty. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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