Woman in Bondage (1932)

68-69 or 72 mins | Melodrama | 18 November 1932

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HISTORY

While release charts indicate that the title for this film in the United States was Woman in Bondage , all contemporary reviews were found under the title Woman in Chains . The film was released in Great Britain by RKO under its original title The Impassive Footman , where it was reissued in 1948 and 1956. Modern sources include Scr John Paddy Carstairs in the production; and include Frances Ross-Campbell ( Mrs. Angers ) and Florence Harwood ( Mrs. Hoggs ) in the ... More Less

While release charts indicate that the title for this film in the United States was Woman in Bondage , all contemporary reviews were found under the title Woman in Chains . The film was released in Great Britain by RKO under its original title The Impassive Footman , where it was reissued in 1948 and 1956. Modern sources include Scr John Paddy Carstairs in the production; and include Frances Ross-Campbell ( Mrs. Angers ) and Florence Harwood ( Mrs. Hoggs ) in the cast. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
19 Nov 32
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
13 Aug 32
p. 34.
New York Times
21 Nov 32
p. 21.
Variety
22 Nov 32
p. 17.
CAST
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Impassive Footman by H. C. "Sapper" McNeile (publication undetermined).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Impassive Footman
Woman in Chains
Release Date:
18 November 1932
Premiere Information:
London opening: June 1932
New York opening: 18 November 1932
Production Date:
At Ealing Studios, England
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68-69 or 72
Length(in feet):
6,233
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

John Marwood is an ill-tempered hypochondriac who has turned his home into little more than a hospital clinic. He neglects his young wife, who is upset by the fact that, though they have been married for eight years, they are still childless. The Marwoods go on a sea voyage, where the young wife falls in love with the handsome ship's doctor, Bryan Daventry, who is equally lonely. Though the two are very much in love, the couple respects Mrs. Marwood's marriage vows, so their love remains chaste. Back in England, Marwood becomes truly ill with a rare spinal disease and requires a delicate operation. A world-famous surgeon is called in for the operation and turns out to be none other than Bryan. Marwood learns of his wife's prior relationship with Bryan, and falsely accuses her of infidelity. He then informs the couple that he has written a letter to his lawyer, to be opened upon his death, stating all his suspicions concerning the couple and accusing Bryan of his murder. Marwood gives the letter to Simpson, the mysterious family retainer. The operation is a success, but when Mrs. Marwood asks for a divorce, the ungrateful Marwood informs her that they are leaving England, as he plans to take her as far away from the young surgeon as possible. Simpson then overhears Marwood being told that any form of excitement might be fatal. The butler then locks Marwood in his study and accuses him of seducing his young daughter years earlier, then abandoning her when she became pregnant. Simpson tells his employer that the beloved daughter died soon thereafter, and that ... +


John Marwood is an ill-tempered hypochondriac who has turned his home into little more than a hospital clinic. He neglects his young wife, who is upset by the fact that, though they have been married for eight years, they are still childless. The Marwoods go on a sea voyage, where the young wife falls in love with the handsome ship's doctor, Bryan Daventry, who is equally lonely. Though the two are very much in love, the couple respects Mrs. Marwood's marriage vows, so their love remains chaste. Back in England, Marwood becomes truly ill with a rare spinal disease and requires a delicate operation. A world-famous surgeon is called in for the operation and turns out to be none other than Bryan. Marwood learns of his wife's prior relationship with Bryan, and falsely accuses her of infidelity. He then informs the couple that he has written a letter to his lawyer, to be opened upon his death, stating all his suspicions concerning the couple and accusing Bryan of his murder. Marwood gives the letter to Simpson, the mysterious family retainer. The operation is a success, but when Mrs. Marwood asks for a divorce, the ungrateful Marwood informs her that they are leaving England, as he plans to take her as far away from the young surgeon as possible. Simpson then overhears Marwood being told that any form of excitement might be fatal. The butler then locks Marwood in his study and accuses him of seducing his young daughter years earlier, then abandoning her when she became pregnant. Simpson tells his employer that the beloved daughter died soon thereafter, and that he has worked for Marwood all these years waiting for the precise moment to take his revenge. Marwood suffers a massive heart attack, and the satisfied Simpson leaves his employer to meet his maker. Marwood is later found dead in the study, finally opening the door to happiness for his wife and the surgeon. As Bryan and Mrs. Marwood exit the front door, Simpson leaves by the servant's entrance, with Marwood's unmailed letter in his pocket. +

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