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Time Out says

Despite being both Mamoulian's debut for the cinema and a very early talkie, this deeply affecting tale of Stella Dallas-style maternal self-sacrifice transcends its sentimental shortcomings through the fluency of direction that was to become Mamoulian's trademark. As Helen Morgan's ageing burlesque queen steadily progresses towards giving up everything - even her life - for her convent-educated daughter (Peers), Mamoulian pulls out all the stops, employing unusually mobile expressionist camerawork to convey a wealth of detail in his portrait of the seedy backstage realities of the vaudeville world. Pacy, concise and innovative, the film also benefits from a truly magnificent performance from torch-singer Morgan.
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Release Details

  • Duration:85 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Rouben Mamoulian
  • Screenwriter:Garrett Fort
  • Cast:
    • Helen Morgan
    • Joan Peers
    • Fuller Mellish Jr
    • Henry Wadsworth
    • Jack Cameron
    • Dorothy Cumming
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