When a Man Loves

Overview

The same winning combination responsible for Don Juan-star John Barrymore, director Alan Crosland and screenwriter Bess Meredyth, once more aligned their talents for When a Man Loves. This adaptation of the classic novel and opera Manon Lescaut has been slightly rearranged to make the titular heroine played by Barrymore's future wife Dolores Costello a secondary figure and to place the emphasis on the male lead, Chevalier Fabian Barrymore, of course. The luckless Manon is sold into a life of prostitution by her ...
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Overview

The same winning combination responsible for Don Juan-star John Barrymore, director Alan Crosland and screenwriter Bess Meredyth, once more aligned their talents for When a Man Loves. This adaptation of the classic novel and opera Manon Lescaut has been slightly rearranged to make the titular heroine played by Barrymore's future wife Dolores Costello a secondary figure and to place the emphasis on the male lead, Chevalier Fabian Barrymore, of course. The luckless Manon is sold into a life of prostitution by her no-good brother Andre Warner Oland. Servicing only the wealthiest and most influential men in Paris, Manon decides to chuck it all when she falls in love with the dashing Chevalier. But Manon waits too long to abandon her much-older "protector," the Count de Montfontaine Sam De Grasse,and both hero and heroine suffer as a result. The final scenes find Manon and the Chevalier banished to the penal colony in New Orleans, where they experience a rather more positive denouement than the luckless lovers of the original Manon Lescaut. Among the "fallen women" shipped to New Orleans with Manon in the last reel is a young Myrna Loy.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Janiss Garza
Several intimates of John Barrymore claimed that he was so enamored of his future wife, Dolores Costello, that he threw scenes to her in When a Man Loves. A close inspection of this costume adventure-drama indicates that this may very well have been the case -- as Fabien des Grieux, Barrymore gives one of his most restrained performances, and he tones it down even more when Costello is sharing the frame with him. Luckily, Costello lives up to the demands this puts on her -- not only is she beautiful, she is also captivating as Manon Lescaut, the woman who inspires Fabien to leave his studies for the priesthood, and several other disastrous life choices. Neither Barrymore nor Costello, however, get any mercy from Warner Oland, who hams it up marvelously as Manon's brother, a wicked character who is nevertheless impossible to hate. Manon, who becomes the mistress of an old count (Sam DeGrasse) and then freely spends Fabien's money when she returns to him, shouldn't be very sympathetic either, but somehow her faults only serve to make her more human. The fact that she suffers so terribly in the end, when she is arrested as a whore and chained to be shipped off to a penal colony, helps to redeem her. When a Man Loves plays it safe by blending elements of previous Barrymore films: virile action, glamour, romance...and lots of close-ups of the "the Great Profile." But it's presented in such all-out epic fashion that it doesn't matter that no new ground is being broken. While it's not a great film, it is very, very good -- it's close to being a classic, and just barely misses making the grade.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/16/2009
  • UPC: 883316165232
  • Original Release: 1927
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 81,326

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Barrymore Chevalier des Grieux
Dolores Costello Manon Lescaut
Warner Oland Andre Lescaut
Sam de Grasse Comte de Mortfontaine
Stuart Holmes Louis XV
Eugénie Besserer
Holmes Herbert
Technical Credits
Alan Crosland Director
Bess Meredyth Screenwriter
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