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The Washington Masquerade (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 9 July 1932 (USA)
US senator falls in love with a young woman, without realizing she's using him to back the lobbyist she works for.

Director:

Charles Brabin

Writers:

John Meehan (continuty and dialogue), Samuel Blythe (in collaboration with) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Jeff Keane
Karen Morley ... Consuela Fairbanks
Diane Sinclair Diane Sinclair ... Ruth Keane
Nils Asther ... Brenner
Reginald Barlow ... Sen. Withers
William Collier Sr. ... Babcock
William Morris ... Sen. Hodge
Rafaela Ottiano ... Mona
C. Henry Gordon ... Hinsdale
Berton Churchill ... Sen. Bitler (as Burton Churchill)
Henry Kolker ... Stapleton
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US senator falls in love with a young woman, without realizing she's using him to back the lobbyist she works for.

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The shadowy figures of intrigue in the political arena now stalk across the stage for a great American drama! Never before such a pageant of thrills, such dramatic "inside" scenes of the working of politics! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Washington Whirlpool See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene Karen Morley wears the same velvet gown with fur collar by Adrian as Nora Gregor did in -But the Flesh Is Weak (1932) from earlier that year. See more »

Soundtracks

Etude in E Op.10 No.3
(1829-32) (uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played on piano by Karen Morley twice
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Early Work of Cinematographer Greg Toland
3 January 2014 | by SamHardySee all my reviews

The most interesting part of this film for me was watching the early work of cinematographer Greg Toland. Years later Toland would photograph Citizen Kane. It is hardly a tour de force of his talents but it does have some of his touches on display. His use of composition in the foreground and background is here. So is his use of semi-deep focus and stark black and white contrasts. Toland was clearly ahead of his time when this was made in 1932. A film as a whole has the look of classic cinema. Very unusual for 1932.

The script is very wordy and tends to advance at a snails pace but Toland's interesting compositions kept it moving along for me.

Also interesting to me is the way this film foreshadows Mr Smith Goes To Washington. In Mr Smith, a young, naive senator goes to Washington and absolutely refuses to be drawn into a world of corruption. In Washington Masquerade just the opposite happens. The hero succumbs to first sexual and then monetary corruption. In that respect, I found it a more interesting idea than Mr Smith.


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