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Interference (1928)

Paramount's 1st ALL TALKIE Reported killed in action, Philip Voaze(William Powell) lives under an assumed name in London. Deborah Kane(Evelyn Brent) a former love, discovers him and tries ... See full summary »

Directors:

Lothar Mendes, Roy Pomeroy (as Roy J. Pomeroy)

Writers:

Harold Dearden (play), Julian Johnson (titles) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Evelyn Brent ... Deborah Kane
Clive Brook ... Sir John Marlay
William Powell ... Philip Voaze
Doris Kenyon ... Faith Marlay
Brandon Hurst ... Inspector Haynes
Tom Ricketts ... Charles Smith
Louis Payne Louis Payne ... Childers
Wilfred Noy Wilfred Noy ... Dr. Gray
Donald Stuart Donald Stuart ... Freddie
Raymond Lawrence Raymond Lawrence ... Reporter
Clyde Cook ... Hearse Driver
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Paramount's 1st ALL TALKIE Reported killed in action, Philip Voaze(William Powell) lives under an assumed name in London. Deborah Kane(Evelyn Brent) a former love, discovers him and tries to blackmail his wife, Faith(Doris Kenyon), who has since remarried. Learning of this attempt and that he has a fatal heart disease, he kills Deborah and turns himself in to the police. Written by Lloyd Purvis

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YOU HEAR EVERY WORD! The absorbing drama of a love that lives beyond the grave! (Print Ad- St. Paris News-Dispatch, ((St. Paris, Ohio)) 21 March 1929) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1929 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Skandal See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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No director at Paramount wanted to be the first to tackle sound so studio sound "expert" Roy Pomeroy was enlisted, under the guidance of William de Mille. Like most early talkies, this was a huge hit. See more »

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Remade as Without Regret (1935) See more »

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12 May 2013 | by earlytalkieSee all my reviews

This film is Paramount's first full talkie and it was highly thought of at the time of it's release. Alas, it doesn't wear well today. Directed by special-effects golden boy Roy Pomeroy, this film is possibly slower paced than Warner's first all-talking effort, The Lights of New York, released a few months earlier. Evelyn Brent easily takes the acting honors here, although the entire cast suffers under Pomeroy's leaden direction. Legend has it that Pomeroy, full of himself after conquering some of the technical problems of early sound filming, demanded a raise from $250.00 per week to $2,500.00 per week. He got that, but upon completion of Interference asked for $3,500.00. By that time some of Pomeroy's "secrets" were becoming more well-known to the other directors. Pomeroy was shown the door. Watching this early production directed by a technician, we can be thankful that clearer heads prevailed and good direction was just around the corner from this effort. This film is of interest to film buffs, but you won't need to take a sleeping pill before going beddy-bye if you sit through all of this.


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