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Cynara(1932)

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The film's working titles were Way of a Lancer and I Have Been Faithful. E. M. Harwood and Robert Gore-Browne's play was based on Gore-Browne's novel An Imperfect Lover (London, 1928). The second title card to the film reads: "Inspired by Ernest Dowson's immortal lines-I have been faithful to thee, Cynara, in my fashion." The Dowson poem from which the lines were taken, Non sum qualis eram was written in 1896. The Charles Chaplin picture which "Jim" and "Doris" go to see during the film is A Dog's Life (1918). According to news items, Dorothy Hale was to have made her motion picture debut in the film in the role of "Clemency Warlock." Hale was listed on early Hollywood Reporter production charts, however, according to a August 30, 1932 Hollywood Reporter news item, she withdrew from the cast and was replaced by Kay Francis. Francis, who was under contract to Warner Bros., was loaned to Samuel Goldwyn for the role. According to reviews, this was Phyllis Barry's first American film. A news item in Hollywood Reporter on November 11, 1932, subsequent to this film's completion and prior to its premiere, notes that Colman had initiated a law suit against Goldwyn for $2,000,000 for defamation of character. For additional information on the dispute, consult the entry below for The Masquerader. Modern sources list one additional cast member, C. Montague Shaw (Constable). Modern sources also note that the picture was re-issued in 1945 under the title I Was Faithful. Other adaptations of the story include a July 6, 1953 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast starring Joseph Cotton, and a 1955 ABC Television drama.