Sweethearts and Wives (1930)

67 mins | Mystery, Melodrama | 15 June 1930

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HISTORY

The 4 January 1930 Exhibitors Herald-World announced that the film, then titled Other Men’s Wives after the 1929 play by Walter Hackett on which it was based, began shooting on 13 December 1929. An item in the 15 January 1930 Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today indicated that production took place at First National Picures, Inc.’s studio in Burbank, CA. The film was part of First National’s current forty-picture, $17-million production slate, as noted in the 3 April 1930 Los Angeles Times.
       The title was changed to Sweethearts and Wives and again to An Adventurous Night, according to the 12 February 1930 Variety. By the time it was released on 15 June 1930, the film’s title was changed back to Sweethearts and Wives. ...

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The 4 January 1930 Exhibitors Herald-World announced that the film, then titled Other Men’s Wives after the 1929 play by Walter Hackett on which it was based, began shooting on 13 December 1929. An item in the 15 January 1930 Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today indicated that production took place at First National Picures, Inc.’s studio in Burbank, CA. The film was part of First National’s current forty-picture, $17-million production slate, as noted in the 3 April 1930 Los Angeles Times.
       The title was changed to Sweethearts and Wives and again to An Adventurous Night, according to the 12 February 1930 Variety. By the time it was released on 15 June 1930, the film’s title was changed back to Sweethearts and Wives.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today
15 Jan 1930
p. 6
Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today
10 Jul 1930
p. 10
Exhibitors Herald-World
4 Jan 1930
p. 59
Film Daily
13 Jul 1930
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Harrison's Reports
12 Jul 1930
p. 111
Los Angeles Times
3 Apr 1930
Section A, p. 9
Los Angeles Times
23 May 1930
p. 13
Los Angeles Times
28 May 1930
Section A, p. 9
Motion Picture News
21 Dec 1929
p. 25
Motion Picture News
15 Feb 1930
p. 58
Motion Picture News
7 Jun 1930
p. 136
New York Times
12 Jul 1930
p. 16
Variety
1 Jan 1930
p. 10
Variety
12 Feb 1930
p. 26
Variety
2 Jul 1930
p. 25, 42
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
Clarence Badger
Dir
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
John Seitz
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Jack Rollins
Film ed
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Other Men's Wives by Walter Hackett (New York, 29 Nov 1929).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
An Adventurous Night
Other Men's Wives
Release Date:
15 June 1930
Production Date:
began 13 Dec 1929
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
First National Pictures, Inc.
11 June 1930
LP1350
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67
Length(in feet):
7,003
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

On a stormy night, Anthony Peel and Angela Worthing are forced to seek shelter at a secluded inn. There they find the maître d'hôtel, a waiter, and a maid in earnest conference. Angela is hesitant about staying overnight because of a possible scandal; and the maid, pretending to understand only French, is curious about the young lovers. Screams from an adjoining room bring the police and detective Reginald De Brett in search of a stolen diamond necklace. A murder is discovered, and all are detained overnight. Anthony learns that the maid is the sister of the woman who owned the missing jewels and discovers a button near the location of the murder, proving ultimately that De Brett is actually the ...

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On a stormy night, Anthony Peel and Angela Worthing are forced to seek shelter at a secluded inn. There they find the maître d'hôtel, a waiter, and a maid in earnest conference. Angela is hesitant about staying overnight because of a possible scandal; and the maid, pretending to understand only French, is curious about the young lovers. Screams from an adjoining room bring the police and detective Reginald De Brett in search of a stolen diamond necklace. A murder is discovered, and all are detained overnight. Anthony learns that the maid is the sister of the woman who owned the missing jewels and discovers a button near the location of the murder, proving ultimately that De Brett is actually the killer.

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