Secrets by Frank Borzage |Frank Borzage, Mary Pickford, Leslie Howard, C. Aubrey Smith | 29502200893 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Secrets

Secrets

Director: Frank Borzage

Cast: Frank Borzage, Mary Pickford, Leslie Howard, C. Aubrey Smith

     
 
Silent screen legend Mary Pickford makes her final movie appearance in Secrets, adapted from the play by Rudolph Besier and Mary Edgerton. Edgerton plays a 19th century New England belle who accompanies her husband Leslie Howard to the wilds of California. Pickford's first baby is killed when her cabin is besieged by desperadoes. Howard's reaction to the

Overview

Silent screen legend Mary Pickford makes her final movie appearance in Secrets, adapted from the play by Rudolph Besier and Mary Edgerton. Edgerton plays a 19th century New England belle who accompanies her husband Leslie Howard to the wilds of California. Pickford's first baby is killed when her cabin is besieged by desperadoes. Howard's reaction to the tragedy is to play around with other women, but Pickford stands steadfastly by her husband for the next half-century. The film ends with an aged Pickford surrounded by her grown children in her luxurious mansion, prattling on about secret joys, secret sorrows, lovely secrets and dreadful secrets. Evidently this film was released in secret, for it failed at the box office and convinced Ms. Pickford (who produced the picture) that her starring days were over. Previously filmed as a Norma Talmadge starrer in 1924, Secrets seemed antiquated in the 1930s, but Mary Pickford's scenes with her dead baby proved that her great talent was undiminished.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Secrets is a curious misfire, meaning that it doesn't really work as a film but has more than enough interesting things about it to make it worth watching. For one thing, it's Mary Pickford's last film and one of the few talkies that the vibrant silent star made. Pickford never really made the transition from silent to sound, although a number of her talking pictures were popular. She was capable of being a fine talkie actress; the talent was clearly there, but she needed to put a great deal of effort into re-learning how to act in front of a camera with a microphone, and she apparently didn't want to do so. As a result, some of her scenes come across as stilted or disjointed; others, however, are magical and demonstrate what could have been. Indeed, her scene following the death of her child is pure gold. Leslie Howard was more at ease with dialogue, and his performance is a big help to Secrets, but there's also a problem here: Howard is very convincing as the lover, not quite as convincing as a rough Western hero type. Frank Borzage works some magic of his own in his direction; despite some credibility problems in the script, Borzage directs as if he believes in every wild moment, every truth-stretching bit turn of events.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
UPC:
0029502200893
Original Release:
1933
Rating:
NR
Source:
Televista
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:23:00
Sales rank:
61,345

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mary Pickford Mary Marlow/Mary Carlton
Leslie Howard John Carlton
C. Aubrey Smith Mr. Marlowe
Blanche Frederici Mrs. Marlow
Doris Lloyd Susan Channing
Herbert Evans Lord Hurley
Ned Sparks "Sunshine"
Allan Sears Jake Houser
Mona Maris Senora Martinez
Lyman Williams William Carlton as a Child
Virginia Grey Audrey Carlton as a Child
Ellen Johnson Susan Carlton as a Child
Huntly Gordon William Carlton as an Adult
Ethel Clayton Audrey Carlton as an Adult
Bessie Barriscale Susan Carlton as an Adult
Theodore Von Eltz Robert Carlton as an Adult
King Baggot Actor
Francis Ford Actor
Florence Lawrence Actor
Randolph Connelly Actor
Jerry Stewart Actor
Paul Panzer Actor

Technical Credits
Frank Borzage Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Hugh Bennett Editor
Salisbury Field Screenwriter
Ray June Cinematographer
Frances Marion Screenwriter
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Mary Pickford Producer
Leonard Praskins Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Secrets
1. Stubborn [7:16]
2. John [7:13]
3. Party [6:35]
4. Leaving [6:03]
5. Going West [6:21]
6. Thieves [12:10]
7. War [13:56]
8. Politics [3:49]
9. Lolita [8:47]
10. Everything [3:28]
11. Secrets [5:02]
12. Happy Ever After [2:04]

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