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Wild Orchids (1929)

TV-G | | Romance, Drama | 23 February 1929 (USA)
A prince in Java tries to seduce his visitor's wife, but he's discovered.

Director:

Sidney Franklin

Writers:

John Colton (story), Willis Goldbeck (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Lillie Sterling
Lewis Stone ... John Sterling
Nils Asther ... Prince De Gace
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Lillie Sterling comes with her husband, John, on a business trip to Java, expecting a second honeymoon. On the ship, she witnesses Javanese Prince De Gace mercilessly whipping a servant and shrinks in horror from the sight. When John is befriended by the Prince, who is very attracted to Lillie, she tries to have little to do with him. During a conversation in their room, John is called away to answer a wire, and the Prince steals a kiss in his absence, for which she slaps him. So she is understandably upset when John accepts the Prince's invitation to stay at his plantation in Java when he promised to arrange a tiger hunt. She tries to dissuade John from going, but John says he always wanted to shoot a tiger and she is being unreasonable. Once at the plantation, John is too busy to pay much attention to Lillie, and when he is away, the Prince tries to seduce her. Lillie flees in tears after another kiss, afraid of her own emotions. Finally, she embraces the Prince when he tries again,... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Starved for love...caught in the spell of the East, where love is still untamed...A great Garbo romance comparable to "The Woman of Affairs." (Print Ad-Southeast Missourian, ((Cape Girardeau, Mo.)) 27 April 1929) See more »

Genres:

Romance | Drama

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Trivia

One of four silent films Greta Garbo made in the year 1929. Sound had already overtaken the film industry, but Garbo and Charlie Chaplin were the two primary holdouts in the transition -- Chaplin because he was resisting the shift and Garbo because she was redoubling her efforts to master English, something the native Swede was never pressed to do in the silent era. Garbo made the most silent films -- seven in all -- of any Hollywood star following the advent of sound in 1927. As a testament to MGM's most bankable star, audiences still turned out for her films despite the fact that silents were rendered obsolete virtually overnight. She would not make her talkie debut until one full year later, in the carefully chosen Anna Christie (1930), a prestige film that adroitly cast her as a Swede, thus allowing the studio to hedge its bets on her successful transition to talkies. See more »

Quotes

Prince De Gace: The East is a country of the senses - warm, mysterious - like the kiss of a lover.
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Featured in The Divine Garbo (1990) See more »

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You Are Like Wild Orchids
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Typical MGM late silent with elegant Garbo
1 September 2000 | by nickandrewSee all my reviews

On a trip to Java, Garbo falls for a charming native prince (Asther), after being neglected by businessman husband (Stone). Routine romantic triangle has its weak spots, but Garbo's elegance can smooth them out. A silent with music score and sound effects.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Divlje orhideje See more »

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Budget:

$322,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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