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Love and the Devil
Director: Alexander Korda (Dir)
Release Date:   24 Mar 1929
Duration (in feet):   6,588
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Milton Sills (Lord Dryan)  
    Maria Corda (Giovanna)  
    Ben Bard (Barotti)  
    Nellie Bly Baker (Giovanna's maid)  
    Amber Norman (Streetwalker)  

Summary: Lord Dryan marries Giovanna, a beautiful and famous Italian opera singer, and takes her to live in England. Giovanna is deeply in love with Dryan, but the dank English climate soon depresses her, and she longs openly for the sunshine and plaudits of her former life, eventually persuading Dryan to return with her to Venice. Barotti, her former leading man, conspires with Giovanna's maid to gain access to Giovanna's room at night without her knowledge; Dryan finds them together and takes a shot at Barotti. Dryan believes Giovanna to have been unfaithful, and she disappears. Dryan is charged with her murder on circumstantial evidence, but he is acquitted. Dryan goes to kill Barotti, and the tenor falls to his death. Dryan and Giovanna are reunited. 

Production Company: First National Pictures, Inc.  
Distribution Company: First National Pictures, Inc.  
Director: Alexander Korda (Dir)
Producer: Richard A. Rowland (Pres)
  Ned Marin (Prod)
Writer: Josef Laszlo (Story)
  Leo Birinski (Story)
  Paul Perez (Titles)
  Walter Anthony (Titles)
Photography: Lee Garmes (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: John Rawlins (Film ed)
Country: United States
Language: English

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Source Text:

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
First National Pictures, Inc. 26/2/1929 dd/mm/yyyy LP162

Physical Properties: Si with sd seq: Sd eff and mus score by Vitaphone
  Sd, also Si: Also si, 24 Mar 1929; 6,370 ft.
  b&w:

 
Genre: Melodrama
 
Subjects (Major): Circumstantial evidence
  England
  Injustice
  Italians
  Nobility
  Opera
  Singers
  Trials
  Venice (Italy)

Note: Love and the Devil was the second and final American film of Hungarian-born actress Maria Corda. She and director Alexander Korda were married at the time of the film's production. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   23 Jun 1929.   

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