The Great Lover - 1931

as Diana Page
as Diana Page

MGM - 79 minutes - US release 07.18.1931


Cast: Adolphe Menjou (Jean Paurel), Irene Dunne (Diana Page), Ernest Torrence (Potter), Neil Hamilton (Carlo Joneno), Baclanova (Mme. Savarova), Cliff Edwards (Finny), Hale Hamilton (Stapelton), Rosco Ates (Rosco), Herman Bing (Losseck), Else Jansen (Mme. Neumann Baumbach)


Director: Harry Beaumont, screenplay: Gene Markey and Edgar Allan Woolf, based on the play by Leo Ditrichstein, Frederich Hatton and Fanny Hatton,

photography: Merritt B. Gerstad, Costumes: Rene Hubert


plot summary and review


photos from the film



Notes: This is the first time that we get the chance to hear Irene sing on screen. She performs "I Love Thee" by Edvard Grieg, the waltz from "Romeo and Juliet" by Charles Gounod and excerpts from Mozart's "Don Giovanni". Funnily enough, she sings parts of the role of Zerlina though she is annouced as performing Donna Elvira. Zerlina would have been the only imaginable role for real life Irene  in '"Don Giovanni".


here is the music



New York Times, 08.24.1931 "Neither Neil Hamilton,...nor Miss Dunne does much to help the success of the film, but in justice to them it should be stated that their lines are often poorly written."


Variety, 08.25.1931 "Irene Dunne makes a charming figure as leading woman, and contributes several songs necessary to the action. ...part calls for quiet and persuasive grace, which this young actress possesses abundantly."  


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