His Glorious Night (1929)

80 mins | Romance | 28 September 1929

Director:

Lionel Barrymore

Writer:

Willard Mack

Cinematographer:

Percy Hilburn

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

His Glorious Night was John Gilbert's first released dialogue film, although Redemption , which was released in 1930, was actually shot earlier (see entry). In addition to original music composed for the film, orchestral selections include: "Light Cavalry Overture," by Franz von Suppé, "Hungarian Comedy Overture," by Keler-Bela, and "Radetzsky March," by Johann Strauss. Although playright Sidney Howard adapted Molnár's Olympia for an American production that opened on Broadway on 16 Oct 1928, available contemporary sources do not credit Howard's adpatation as a source for His Glorious Night .
       In 1930, this film was remade in Spanish, French and German-language versions (see entries below for Olimpia , Si l'empereur savait ça! and Olympia ). Another film based on the Molnár play, but somewhat different in plot, is the 1960 Paramount release A Breath of Scandal , directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Sophia Loren, Maurice Chevalier and John Gavin (See ... More Less

His Glorious Night was John Gilbert's first released dialogue film, although Redemption , which was released in 1930, was actually shot earlier (see entry). In addition to original music composed for the film, orchestral selections include: "Light Cavalry Overture," by Franz von Suppé, "Hungarian Comedy Overture," by Keler-Bela, and "Radetzsky March," by Johann Strauss. Although playright Sidney Howard adapted Molnár's Olympia for an American production that opened on Broadway on 16 Oct 1928, available contemporary sources do not credit Howard's adpatation as a source for His Glorious Night .
       In 1930, this film was remade in Spanish, French and German-language versions (see entries below for Olimpia , Si l'empereur savait ça! and Olympia ). Another film based on the Molnár play, but somewhat different in plot, is the 1960 Paramount release A Breath of Scandal , directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Sophia Loren, Maurice Chevalier and John Gavin (See Entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
6 Oct 1929.
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New York Times
5 Oct 1929
p. 22.
Variety
9 Oct 1929
p. 41.
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 September 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
4 November 1929
Copyright Number:
LP839
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 5,353 ft.
Duration(in mins):
80
Length(in feet):
7,173
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Princess Orsolini, known to maintain an icy demeanor, has a marriage arranged for her by her royal parents, but quite suddenly she falls in love with Kovacs, a cavalry captain known for his mastery of horses and women. Though they meet secretly, her mother advises her to break off the affair, and she reluctantly informs the captain that she cannot love the son of a peasant. Kovacs spreads a rumor that he is is an imposter and swindler to avenge himself on the princess and her mother. Fearing scandal, the queen prevails upon the commissioner to bring him to their apartment so that they may retrieve some love letters written by the princess; but Kovacs names as his price the princess' spending the night in his quarters. He and the princess are ... +


Princess Orsolini, known to maintain an icy demeanor, has a marriage arranged for her by her royal parents, but quite suddenly she falls in love with Kovacs, a cavalry captain known for his mastery of horses and women. Though they meet secretly, her mother advises her to break off the affair, and she reluctantly informs the captain that she cannot love the son of a peasant. Kovacs spreads a rumor that he is is an imposter and swindler to avenge himself on the princess and her mother. Fearing scandal, the queen prevails upon the commissioner to bring him to their apartment so that they may retrieve some love letters written by the princess; but Kovacs names as his price the princess' spending the night in his quarters. He and the princess are reconciled. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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