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Inspiration (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 31 January 1931 (USA)
Yvonne is a beautiful model who loves frequenting the Parisian bohemian life, because she loves hobnobbing with artists.


Clarence Brown


Gene Markey (dialogue)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Greta Garbo ... Yvonne Valbret
Robert Montgomery ... André Montell
Lewis Stone ... Raymond Delval
Marjorie Rambeau ... Lulu
Judith Vosselli ... Odette
Beryl Mercer ... Marthe, Yvonne's Maid
John Miljan ... Henry Coutant, the Sculptor
Edwin Maxwell ... Uncle Julian Montell
Oscar Apfel ... M. Vignaud
Joan Marsh ... Madeleine Dorety
Zelda Sears ... Aunt Pauline
Karen Morley ... Liane Latour
Gwen Lee ... Gaby
Paul McAllister Paul McAllister ... Jouvet, the Artist
Arthur Hoyt ... Gavarni


Yvonne is a beautiful model who loves frequenting the Parisian bohemian life, because she loves hobnobbing with artists.

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...Burning Lips...Glittering Gowns...Champagne...Paris...Life...Joy. The Kind of a Drama You Have Been Waiting to See and Hear. (Print ad)


Drama | Romance


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Release of the movie was delayed because of a lawsuit Pathé brought against MGM. Although the novel by Alphonse Daudet was in public domain in the USA, it was still under copyright protection in Europe. Pathé won the lawsuit. See more »


André Montell: But I'm doing all the talking - please lets talk about you.
Yvonne Valbret: There isn't much to tell - I'm just a nice young woman - not too young, and not too nice - I hope!
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Version of Sapho (1917) See more »


Liebestraum No. 3 (A Dream of Love)
Written by Franz Liszt
Played on piano by Joan Marsh
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Garbo is luminous - as always
24 March 2016 | by hotangenSee all my reviews

Any Garbo film deserves 10 stars - just because she's in it. She is what makes this otherwise not believable story worth seeing. Unlike Crawford or Shearer, only Garbo could turn this dross into gold. The major weakness is the object of her love - Robert Montgomery. I've read that Montgomery in interviews refuses to talk about this film, his only co-starring role with Garbo. And having now seen the film, the reason for his reticence is plain. How he must have squirmed in his seat at the film's premiere, for both the role and his performance are mediocre. The young Clark Gable - an MGM contract player like Montgomery - would have been better cast and would have explained why Yvonne was smitten with him.

My favorite scene is where at the beginning of their affair Andre is finishing breakfast in the hotel's romantic and idyllic park-like setting when Yvonne arrives with a gift of flowers for him. Yvonne is no longer bored by life and the men in her life. She is in love! Yvonne has inspired love in all the male artists who have been her former lovers (established in the early party scene) but none have inspired love in her. Nor, ironically, does she inspire true love in Andre. How is that possible? Regardless of her past lifestyle - which does not seem so unrespectable to today's audience - in the end, Yvonne makes the right choice and does what's best for the both of them.

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Release Date:

31 January 1931 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$438,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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