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Romance (1930 film)

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Directed byClarence Brown
Written byEdwin Justus Mayer
Bess Meredyth
Based onRomance
1913 play
by Edward Sheldon
Produced byClarence Brown
StarringGreta Garbo
Lewis Stone
CinematographyWilliam H. Daniels
Edited byHugh Wynn
Music byWilliam Axt
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • August 22, 1930 (1930-08-22)[1]
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited States

Romance is a 1930 American Pre-Code Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film directed by Clarence Brown, starring Greta Garbo, Lewis Stone, and Gavin Gordon.

The movie was adapted by Edwin Justus Mayer and Bess Meredyth from the 1913 play by Edward Sheldon. A 1920 silent film also called Romance was one of the first releases by then new United Artists and starred Doris Keane, the actress in Sheldon's 1913 play.


On New Year's Eve, Harry (Elliott Nugent) tells his grandfather (Gavin Gordon), a bishop, that he intends to marry an actress, even though that is frowned upon by his social class. However, his grandfather recounts via flashback a cautionary tale of a great love affair with a "fallen woman" during his own youth.

When he is 28 years old, Tom Armstrong, the son of an aristocratic family and the rector of St. Giles, meets the famous Italian opera star Rita Cavallini (Greta Garbo) at an evening party given by Cornelius Van Tuyl (Lewis Stone). Tom falls in love with Rita even though there are rumors that she is Van Tuyl's mistress. Tom's family disapproves of Rita, but he continues to pursue her until he discovers that she has been lying to him about the true nature of her relationship with Van Tuyl. Though he forgives and loves her, their different lives and different social classes make an engagement untenable. Ultimately, Tom marries Harry's grandmother.

In a surprise ending, he counsels Harry to marry the woman he loves, regardless of the consequences.


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Mordaunt Hall of The New York Times wrote that "Greta Garbo's performance in Romance is perhaps as good as anything she has done on the screen."[2] Norbert Lusk of the movie magazine Picture Play wrote that Garbo's performance "is a thing of pure beauty, an inspiring blend of intellect and emotion, a tender, poignant, poetic portrait of a woman who thrusts love from her because she considers herself unworthy of the man who offers it."[2]

Romance cost $496,000 and grossed $733,000 in the United States and $523,000 in other markets, the worldwide gross was $1,256,000, and it made a profit of $287,000.[3]

Academy Awards



  1. ^ Alexander Walker; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (October 1980). Garbo: a portrait. Macmillan. p. 184. ISBN 978-0-02-622950-0. Retrieved July 28, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Romance". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 9, 2014.
  3. ^ "Romance".
  4. ^ "Romance". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on February 10, 2014. Retrieved February 9, 2014.

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