His Glorious Night


1h 20m 1929

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 28, 1929
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Olympia by Ferenc Molnár (Budapest, Mar 1928).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m
Sound
Mono (MovieTone)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
7,173ft (9 reels)

Synopsis

Princess Orsolini, known to maintain an icy demeanor, has a marriage arranged for her by her royal parents, but quite suddenly she falls in love with Kovacs, a cavalry captain known for his mastery of horses and women. Though they meet secretly, her mother advises her to break off the affair, and she reluctantly informs the captain that she cannot love the son of a peasant. Kovacs spreads a rumor that he is is an imposter and swindler to avenge himself on the princess and her mother. Fearing scandal, the queen prevails upon the commissioner to bring him to their apartment so that they may retrieve some love letters written by the princess; but Kovacs names as his price the princess' spending the night in his quarters. He and the princess are reconciled.

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 28, 1929
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Olympia by Ferenc Molnár (Budapest, Mar 1928).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m
Sound
Mono (MovieTone)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
7,173ft (9 reels)

Quotes

Trivia

It was in this film that silent screen legend John Gilbert made his disastrous talking-picture debut. His voice sounded high-pitched and frankly odd in a film that called for him to play a romantic swashbuckler. Audiences reportedly laughed at him at the most inappropriate moments.

Legend has it that the reason John Gilbert's voice sounded high and reedy was that M.G.M. studio head L.B. Mayer bore a grudge against Gilbert and told technicians to speed up the soundtrack to discredit the increasingly drunken and troublesome star. Certainly Gilbert's voice is flawless in the later Queen Christina (1933).

The filming of the movie and its disastrous reception were one of the main inspirations for the film Singin' in the Rain (1952).

Notes

In addition to original music composed for the film, orchestral selections include: "Light Cavalry Overture," by Franz von Suppé, "Hungarian Comedy Overture," by Keler-Bela, and "Radetzsky March," by Johann Strauss. Although playright Sidney Howard adapted Molnár's Olympia for an American production that opened on Broadway on October 16, 1928, available contemporary sources do not credit Howard's adpatation as a source for His Glorious Night.
       In 1930, this film was remade in Spanish, French and German-language versions (see entries below for Olimpia, Si l'empereur savait ça! and Olympia). Another film based on the Molnár play, but somewhat different in plot, is the 1960 Paramount release A Breath of Scandal, directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Sophia Loren, Maurice Chevalier and John Gavin.