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The White Sister (1933)

A young woman falls in love with a dashing officer, but becomes a nun when she believes him to be killed in battle.

Director:

Victor Fleming (uncredited)

Writers:

Donald Ogden Stewart (screen play), Francis Marion Crawford (based upon the novel) (as F. Marion Crawford) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Helen Hayes ... Angela Chiaromonte
Clark Gable ... Giovanni Severi
Lewis Stone ... Prince Chiaromonte
Louise Closser Hale ... Mina
May Robson ... Mother Superior
Edward Arnold ... Father Saracinesca
Alan Edwards Alan Edwards ... Ernesto Traversi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carolyn Spahn Carolyn Spahn ... Younger German Girl
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Storyline

Angela, the daughter of Prince Chiaromonte, is set to marry Ernesto Traversi, a dull banker, when she unexpectedly meets dashing Lt. Giovanni Severi at carnival time. Angela and Giovanni begin meeting in secret and soon fall in love. She informs her father that she won't be going through with the wedding to Ernesto and wants to marry Giovanni instead. But Angela's marriage to Giovanni is put on hold, first by the untimely death of her disapproving father and then by the outbreak of war. When it appears that Giovanni has been killed in battle, Angela vows never to marry and becomes a nun, dedicating her life in service to God. Meanwhile Giovanni recuperates behind enemy lines with his only thought being to find a way home to Angela. Written by Jimmy L.

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Only the producers of the immortal "Smilin' Through" are capable of bringing to the talking screen such a love story with such tenderness, tears and beauty... See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

14 April 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Irmã Branca See more »

Filming Locations:

Reno, Nevada, USA See more »

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Budget:

$625,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The aircraft used in the aerial scenes include Stearman C3, Curtis Fledgling and Travel Air biplanes. All were leased and repainted as German or Italian fighters. See more »

Connections

Version of The White Sister (1915) See more »

Soundtracks

Finiculi, Finicula
(1880) (uncredited)
Written by Luigi Denza
Played by the band at the carnival
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Don't listen too hard or you'll hear it creak
24 July 2014 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Over the top melodrama isn't a bad antique but it is an antique.

Overwrought emotions dominate from almost the first frame and only become more hard to swallow as the picture unspools.

Part of the problem lies with Helen Hayes. Perhaps it's partially my own perception having become familiar with her when she had moved into her highly entertaining old lady phase but she seems too old for her part or her pairing with Clark Gable. It doesn't help that she was never completely comfortable on the screen in her youth relying on stage techniques that don't translate well to the movie screen. Her method and Gable's do not mesh and while she's playing to the back row he is his usual low key self, they share little chemistry.

The film has its moments and a decent supporting cast but the lack of rapport between the two leads in what is basically a story of great unrequited love makes this a struggle to get through at times.


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