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The Woman from Monte Carlo (1932)

The wife Lil Dagover of a French battleship captain Walter Huston falls for a young officer Warren William.

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Michael Curtiz

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Claude Farrère (play), Lucien Nepoty (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lil Dagover ... Lottie Corlaix
Walter Huston ... Captain Corlaix
Warren William ... Lieutenant d'Ortelles
John Wray ... Cmdr. Brambourg
George E. Stone ... Le Duc
Robert Warwick ... Morbraz
Matt McHugh Matt McHugh ... Chief Petty Officer Vincent
Frederick Burton ... President of Courtmartial
Frank Leigh Frank Leigh ... Pilot
Francis McDonald ... Karkuff
Warner Richmond ... Fourdylis
Reginald Barlow Reginald Barlow ... Defense Attorney
Clarence Muse ... Tombeau
Oscar Apfel ... Dr. Rabeouf
Ben Hendricks Jr. Ben Hendricks Jr. ... Chief Engineer
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The wife Lil Dagover of a French battleship captain Walter Huston falls for a young officer Warren William.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dama de Monte Carlo See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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At one point, Lil Dagover's character states that her husband is more than twice her age. In reality, Walter Huston who played the husband was just four years Dagover's senior at 49. See more »

Quotes

Captain Corlaix: When you've spent your whole life on the sea, there's little reward except the honors we pile up slowly for our old age. We hold on because of the stripes we hope to wear and the respect we get at the finish.
Captain Corlaix: [Glancing over at a model of a wooden ship] That little ship... I used to sail it over in the lagoon. Even then I considered it was a frigate and I was in command. My mother gave it to me. In the afternoons, I'd get my nurse to take me down to the waterfront, so I could be with the sailors....
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Opening card: 1914 On the eve of mobilization the battle cruiser Lafayette, pride of the french navy, returns to its base at Toulon. See more »

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Remade as Sacrifice d'honneur (1935) See more »

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starring Lil Dagover in her only American film
29 July 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Lil Dagover stars with Walter Huston and Warren William in The Woman from Monte Carlo, a 1932 film - actually a remake of a silent film and also a French film starring Annabella.

The story concerns a woman, Lottie (Dagover) whose husband (Huston) commands a ship and is away for long periods of time. When the ship arrives in port, she is escorted to the ship by his lieutenant D'Artelles (Warren William) who is in love with her.

Lottie is devastated when her husband tells her that because of danger, she cannot stay on the ship overnight and must go home. When d'Artelles informs her of this, she is very upset and talks about how she can never see him, and is alone, has to live like a nun...

The ship is torpedoed while she is still with d'Artelles, and though his associate is able to get her home, the fact that she was there becomes critical when her husband is arrested - the boat sinks, and most of the crew is lost. He is accused of bringing the ship too near the enemy; however, the signal he received was the code of a friendly ship. But the only person who knows this, besides Lottie, is a real snake who wants something from Lottie in return for his testimony.

It's a shame Dagover only made one film in the U.S., because of all the foreign imports brought over to rival Garbo and Dietrich, she was perhaps the strongest, certainly stronger than Anna Sten and others. She was an excellent actress, her appearance was somewhat similar to Garbo's, and she had great legs. Her accent was a little thick, but in time that would have lessened.

She was a huge star in Germany during the Wehrmacht era and was one of Hitler's favorite actresses. She continued to work under the Hitler regime but the films she did were apolitical, musicals and comedies. She also entertained the troops. She worked in Germany until retiring in 1976; she died at the age of 92. A six-decade career, and we got to see her in one movie.

Warren William, as others have said, was miscast, and Huston was on the stiff side. That, I think, was how the role was written.

All in all, nothing special but it's a good opportunity -- and probably your only one -- to see Lil Dagover.


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