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The Painted Veil (1934)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 23 November 1934 (USA)
A wife neglected by her husband, a medical researcher in China, falls in love with a dashing diplomatic attaché.


John Meehan (screen play), Salka Viertel (screen play) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Katrin
Herbert Marshall ... Walter Fane
George Brent ... Jack Townsend
Warner Oland ... General Yu
Jean Hersholt ... Herr Koerber
Bodil Rosing ... Frau Koerber
Katharine Alexander ... Mrs. Townsend
Cecilia Parker ... Olga
Soo Yong ... Amah
Forrester Harvey ... Waddington
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adair Robert Adair ... Polo Player (scenes deleted)
Mariska Aldrich Mariska Aldrich ... German Teacher (scenes deleted)
Maidena Armstrong Maidena Armstrong ... German (scenes deleted)
Billy Bevan ... Bridegroom (scenes deleted)
Beulah Bondi ... Frau Koerber (scenes deleted)


In Austria, Katrin is lonely after her sister's marriage and she agrees to marry her father's research associate Dr. Walter Fane. Fane takes her to China but constantly ignors her in favour of his medical research. Lonely Katrin has an affair with Jack Townsend of the British Embassy. When it is discovered by Walter he becomes very bitter. Fane travels to fight a cholera epidemic and Katrin goes with him and helps. They grow closer together than ever before but Walter is knifed in a riot incited by the burning of a cholera infested town. Now their new found happiness will depend on Walter's survival. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Do not pass love by...It may never come again! See more »


Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


This film received its initial USA telecasts in Seattle Saturday 16 February 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Minneapolis Saturday 23 February 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), and in Portland OR Saturday 27 March 1957 on KGW (Channel 8); after this time it was withdrawn from television exposure because of the pending release of the remake The Seventh Sin (1957), and did not reappear until a year later when it aired in Indianapolis 17 March 1958 on WLW-I (Channel 13), and then yet another year later in San Antonio 12 March 1959 on WOAI (Channel 4) and in San Francisco 21 September 1959 on KGO (Channel 7); still avoiding competition with the theatrical release of the remake, it was not telecast in Miami until 14 May 1960 on WCKT (Channel 7), in Los Angeles 7 July 1960 on KTTV (Channel 11) and Chicago 26 December 1960 on WBBM (Channel 2). New York City television viewers didn't get a peek at it until 15 December 1962 when WCBS (Channel 2) quietly slipped it into the Late, Late Show. See more »


A box is marked "Scotch Whiskey". The proper spelling is "Whisky". See more »


Katrin Koerber Fane: Think of all the pork chops I could have if I married Thomas.
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Featured in The Good Earth (1937) See more »


Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played as background music in the wedding scene
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Greta Garbo Makes it Worthwhile Watching Once
26 February 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Austria, after the marriage of her beloved sister, Katrin (Greta Garbo) is proposed to marry Dr. Walter Fane (Herbert Marshall), who is a former student of her father and is researching cholera. They travel to Hong Kong and Katrin is totally neglected by her husband. Soon she has a love affair with the diplomat Jack Townsend (George Brent). When Walter discovers her love affair, he proposes the divorce provided Jack leaves his wife and marry Katrin. But this procedure would destroy his diplomatic career and Katrin leaves Jack. Walter decides to travel to the countryside to a village with cholera epidemic and forces Katrin to travel with him to punish her. What will happen to his wife?

"The Painted Veil" is a romance with a corny conclusion about a marriage without love of a dedicated researcher and a bored housewife. The imperialism of the Westerns is impressive and a doctor is capable to order to burn down the houses of the villagers to the ground without explaining them the reason why. Only Greta Garbo makes it worthwhile watching this film once. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Véu Pintado" ("The Painted Veil")

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Release Date:

23 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det brogede slør See more »


Box Office


$947,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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