The Painted Veil

Overview

A W. Somerset Maugham novel was the source for the fair-to-middling Greta Garbo vehicle The Painted Veil. In a situation comparable to the plotlines of most of her silent films, Garbo is lovelessly married to Herbert Marshall, but carries a flaming torch for George Brent. Also harking back to Garbo's silent days is the fact that neither one of the men in her life is particularly interesting! Marshall, a brilliant physician, is compelled to go into the interior regions of China to quell a cholera epidemic. He ...
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Overview

A W. Somerset Maugham novel was the source for the fair-to-middling Greta Garbo vehicle The Painted Veil. In a situation comparable to the plotlines of most of her silent films, Garbo is lovelessly married to Herbert Marshall, but carries a flaming torch for George Brent. Also harking back to Garbo's silent days is the fact that neither one of the men in her life is particularly interesting! Marshall, a brilliant physician, is compelled to go into the interior regions of China to quell a cholera epidemic. He knows that Garbo has been having an affair with politician Brent, and chivalrously gives her the choice of remaining with Brent or accompanying him. Fearing a scandal, Brent bids farewell to Garbo. Once they're in the midst of the epidemic, Garbo tirelessly works by her husband's side; eventually she falls in love with him for the first time. Seriously injured in a peasant uprising, Marshall hovers near death. Brent reappears, offering to take Garbo back with him. She refuses, electing to stay with her husband no matter what the future brings. Among the supporting players in The Painted Veil are Warner Oland and Keye Luke, one year away from their memorable pairing in Fox's Charlie Chan films.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Proof of Greta Garbo's incredible, irreplaceable star quality can be found in The Painted Veil, a film that she singlehandedly makes worth watching. It's not that Garbo is absolutely the only thing of any worth in Veil. For example, Herbert Marshall does very well indeed as the great star's husband, a dedicated, self-sacrificing doctor who nevertheless lets us see how stung he can be by his wife's inattention. Marshall provides an excellent, if lesser, partner for Garbo and his contribution shouldn't be downplayed. But he still essentially exists so that Garbo has something to play off of, to play against, to play with -- and play she does. It's amazing the volumes that the actress can convey with a mere hunched shoulder, demonstrating in one move the tremendous, unbearable weight that she feels upon her. Her performance in the dinner scene, in which she worries over how much her husband suspects or, God forbid, knows, is mesmerizing. Granted, her work in some way could be scene as showboating, but that's what this material calls for, and no one showboats like Garbo. The screenplay is so much nonsense, even substituting a tacked-on happy ending for the "downer" that W. Somerset Maugham originally penned. But Garbo, aided by a lush production and attentive photography from William H. Daniels, makes it very palatable indeed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/2013
  • UPC: 883316830666
  • Original Release: 1934
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 30,662

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Greta Garbo Katherine Koerber Fane
Herbert Marshall Dr. Walter Fane
George Brent Jack Townsend
Warner Oland Gen. Yu
Jean Hersholt Prof. Koerber
Beulah Bondi Frau Koerber
Katherine Alexander Mrs. Townsend
Cecilia Parker Olga
Forrester Harvey Waddington
Billy Bevan Bridegroom
Alice Cook Curious Woman
Vernon Dent Chief of Police
Lawrence Grant English Governor
Ethel Griffies Lady Coldchester
Olaf Hytten Dr. Somerset
Colin Kenny
Jane Kerr Cruel Woman
Lillian Lawrence Spinster
Gus Leonard Major-Domo
Keye Luke Shay Kee Seng the Clerk
Margaret Mann Mother Superior
Leonard Mudie Secretary
James Wang Proprietor of Curio Shop
Delmar Watson Crying Boy
Dorothea Wolbert Stuttering Woman
Soo Yong Amah
Technical Credits
Richard Boleslawski Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Edith Fitzgerald Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Chester Hale Choreography
W. Somerset Maugham Source Author
John Meehan Screenwriter
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Hunt Stromberg Producer
Salka Viertel Screenwriter
Hugh Wynn Editor
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