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Another Language (1933)

Approved | | Drama | 28 July 1933 (USA)
Stella and Victor meet in Europe, fall deeply in love, and marry soon thereafter. Then they sail back to the States to meet Victor's family, and the honeymoon is over: Victor's family, ... See full summary »

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Edward H. Griffith
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Helen Hayes ... Stella 'Stell' Hallam
Robert Montgomery ... Victor Hallam
Louise Closser Hale ... Mother Hallam
John Beal ... Jerry Hallam
Henry Travers ... Pop Hallam
Margaret Hamilton ... Helen Hallam
Willard Robertson ... Harry Hallam
Irene Cattell Irene Cattell ... Grace Hallam
Minor Watson ... Paul Hallam
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Walter Hallam
Maidel Turner ... Etta Hallam
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Stella and Victor meet in Europe, fall deeply in love, and marry soon thereafter. Then they sail back to the States to meet Victor's family, and the honeymoon is over: Victor's family, dominated by his manipulative mother, find Stella -- a free spirit -- pretentious and aloof. Their marriage starts to fall apart when Victor begins siding with his family instead of his wife. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net> and Determined Copy Editor

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Depois da Lua de Mel See more »

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Budget:

$272,297 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Theater Guild on the Air" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 15, 1950 with Helen Hayes reprising her film role. See more »

Quotes

Stella 'Stell' Hallam: I've given up trying to figure out what your family thinks, Vicky. They just speak another language. I know this though: that I don't care any more what they think.
Victor Hallam: Well, I care.
Stella 'Stell' Hallam: You've always cared.
Victor Hallam: When it comes right down to it, my family have a sense of values that's pretty sane and level-headed.
Stella 'Stell' Hallam: Yes, I know it.
Victor Hallam: You know it, but you don't believe it. Is that it?
Stella 'Stell' Hallam: I do believe it, Vicky. And I believe also that all the Hallams in all the world are always right. They're so sure they know what ...
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Version of Another Language (1957) See more »

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The Wedding of the Painted Doll
(uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played on the Victrola
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Montgomery's Best Role Ever
21 January 2006 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

A marvelous movie, from start to (just before the) finish.

We meet Robert Montgomery and Helen Hayes, with whom he has eloped recently, on shipboard. She is eager to start their home life together. All he can think of is seeing his mother.

Louise Closser Hale is superb as the suffocating matriarch of his family. The other members, including Henry Travers and Margaret Hamilton, are very good as well. Especially fine is John Beal, as Montgomery's nephew. Indeed, he gives a heart-wrenching performance. It's possibly the best in this movie and he is working against very stiff competition.

Montgomery is not only a mama's boy -- called Vicky by everyone, as his name is Victor. He is also a supreme narcissist: In one shocking scene, he inspects himself in a mirror over the mantel. Directly under the mirror is a plaster bust of him that Hayes has lovingly worked on sculpting. He doesn't even notice it.

It's very hard to fault this movie. The ending is a trifle disappointing. And a Mark Twain aphorism is spoken by one character and laughed at by others, as if it were original to this screenplay.

Hayes is superb and very likable. Montgomery, not generally a favorite of mine, is believable as her self-centered husband. Beal is absolutely superb in a very touching role. And Hale is subtle but compelling as the woman of iron who becomes an invalid the minute doing so will get what she wants from her offspring.


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