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  Greta Garbo, Lewis Stone (center) and Nils Asther.
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Wild Orchids
(1929) American
B&W : Eleven reels / 9235 feet / 102 minutes
Directed by Sidney Franklin

Cast: Greta Garbo [Lillie Sterling], Lewis Stone [John Sterling], Nils Asther [Prince de Gace], Dick Sutherland [the bully Java servant]

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation production; distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation. / Scenario by Hans Kraly (Hanns Kräly) and Richard Schayer, from the adaptation by Willis Goldbeck of the screen story “Heat” by John Colton. Gowns by Gilbert Adrian. Art direction by Cedric Gibbons. Cinematography by William Daniels. Intertitles by Marian Ainslee and Ruth Cummings. Edited by Conrad A. Nervig. / © 28 January 1929 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Premiered 30 March 1929 in New York, New York. General release, 23 February 1929. / [?] Movietone 35mm spherical 1.20:1 format and/or Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format? Western Electric Movietone sound-on-film sound system. / Garbo’s eighth MGM film. Mauritz Stiller died on 8 November 1928 during the film’s production; Garbo was profoundly effected emotionally by his death, which in turn effected her performance. The film was also released in the USA in a silent version by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation. [?] AFI-F2 n. F2.6378 lists the release date as 23 February 1929. / Silent film, with synchronized music and sound effects.

Drama: Romance.

Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F2 n. F2.6378.

Survival status: Print exists [35mm preservation duplicate positive].

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Animals: Tigers - Big game - Families: Husband-wife relationships - Java - Marriages - Plantations - Royalty: Princes - Synchronized sound film - Tea - Transportation: Ocean liners

Listing updated: 21 September 2014.

References: Film credits, film viewing : AFI-F2 n. F2.6378; Everson-American p. 200; Limbacher-Feature p. 277; Maltin-Guide p. 1423; Shipman-Cinema p. 102; Sklar-Movie p. 102; Walker-Garbo pp. 88-89, 91-92, 184 : Website-AFI; Website-IMDb.

Home video: DVD.

 
 
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