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

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Drama | Romance

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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

This was Greta Garbo's fifteenth film and her second collaboration with fellow Swedish actor Nils Asther See more »

Quotes

Arden Stuart: Does anyone know the philosophy of love?
Mr. Glendenning: There are many theories about love - but only one answer: equality - the perfect freedom!
Arden Stuart: That's what I think!
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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 »

Soundtracks

Mirth and Merriment
(uncredited)
Music by Maurice Baron (as Francis DeLille)
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Garbo Sins
14 February 2006 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A young woman defies THE SINGLE STANDARD of morality which allows males freedom while restricting the behavior of females.

Greta Garbo stars in this late silent trifle from MGM. Her flawless beauty is thawed somewhat by a script that allows her a sly sense of humor and a more approachable demeanor. Playing a character torn between the duties of a wife and the passions of a lover, she is always entertaining, even if the film isn't terribly significant.

Nils Asther, who could almost match Garbo's exoticism, gives a fine performance as the celebrity artist whose adventurous lifestyle & romantic allure prove such a temptation to Garbo. Handsome Johnny Mack Brown gives a touch of nobility to his rather small role as the dull husband willing to sacrifice everything for Garbo's happiness. Elderly character actress Zeffie Tilbury scores as an observant society matron who speaks her mind.

In unbilled roles, Robert Castle grabs the viewers' attention as Garbo's tragic chauffeur and Wade Boteler provides a few chuckles as the merry masher who confronts Garbo in the rain. Movie mavens will recognize a young Joel McCrea as one of the trio of philandering husbands whose antics amuse Garbo in the film's opening moments.


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