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The Single Standard (1929)

The wealthy Arden Stuart is bored in a party; after refusing the wedding proposal of Tommy Hewlett, she drives her car with her driver to a lonely place. She has one night stand with him ... See full summary »

Director:

John S. Robertson

Writers:

Adela Rogers St. Johns (from the novel by) (as Adela Rogers St. John), Josephine Lovett (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Arden Stuart
Nils Asther ... Packy Cannon
Johnny Mack Brown ... Tommy Hewlett (as John Mack Brown)
Dorothy Sebastian ... Mercedes
Lane Chandler ... Ding Stuart
Mahlon Hamilton ... Mr. Glendenning
Kathlyn Williams ... Mrs. Glendenning
Zeffie Tilbury ... Mrs. Handley
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Storyline

The wealthy Arden Stuart is bored in a party; after refusing the wedding proposal of Tommy Hewlett, she drives her car with her driver to a lonely place. She has one night stand with him and returns to the party; then she witnesses the driver being fired by a relative and committing suicide. In a rainy day, Arden goes to an exposition and meets the painter and aspirant boxer Packy Cannon. They sail to the South Seas together in his sailboat and Arden falls in love for him. However, a couple of months later, Packy dumps her and brings her back to her city, traveling to China alone. The heartbroken Arden is proposed again by Tommy and gets married with him. Three years later, Arden meets Packy by chance and becomes divided between her unconditional love for Packy and the love for her son. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

OCEANS OF SURGING EMOTIONS ON THE PACIFIC...RAGING TIDES OF PASSION IN THE SOUTH SEAS (Print ad- Pittsburgh Press, ((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 11 August 1929)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den nye moral See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$336,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$659,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$389,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System) (musical score and sound effects)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In a list of party guests, one of the names is Leslie Howard. It would not have stood out at the time because Howard would not make his first American feature (in which he played the leading role) until the following year. See more »

Quotes

Arden Stuart: Let's go for a drive - I feel like doing seventy!
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Alternate Versions

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures released this movie in a totally silent version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in MGM Parade: Episode #1.30 (1956) See more »

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Forever With You
(uncredited)
Music by Louis Alter
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Emancipated Woman
14 November 2009 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The wealthy Arden Stuart (Greta Garbo) is bored in a party; after refusing the wedding proposal of Tommy Hewlett (John Mack Brown), she drives her car with her driver to a lonely place. She has one night stand with him and returns to the party; then she witnesses the driver being fired by a relative and committing suicide. In a rainy day, Arden goes to an exposition and meets the painter and aspirant boxer Packy Cannon (Nils Asther). They sail to the South Seas together in his sailboat and Arden falls in love for him. However, a couple of months later, Packy dumps her and brings her back to her city, traveling to China alone. The heartbroken Arden is proposed again by Tommy and gets married with him. Three years later, Arden meets Packy by chance and becomes divided between her unconditional love for Packy and the love for her son.

"The Single Standard" is a dated story about an emancipated woman in a hypocrite society where infidelity of men was accepted by his wives. Greta Garbo is astonishingly beautiful in the role of Arden Stuart, a woman ahead of time that believes in freedom and equal rights of "love" for men and women. It is very interesting to see the behavior and moral values of the dominant class in this silent movie, where apparently nobody works and seems to party every night. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "The Single Standard"


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