Betrayal 1929

Not a pretty story, this, because it lifts the veil on illicit love. Jannings does a fine emotional study which would be even more effective if it were less of a screen solo. The picture is well cast and Lewis B. Milestone has done an artistic job of directing. The appeal, however, is to the discriminating minority rather than the mass of amusement seekers. As the stolid Swiss burgomaster whose wife bears a child to another man after her marriage, Jannings tries at times to hold the screen too long. Gary Cooper as the artist lover is very fine; there are times when his work comes close to genius. Esther Ralston wins sympathy as the erring wife and shows herself superbly fitted for heavy dramatic roles. The tragic deaths of wife and lover end their roles all too soon. The Swiss locale offers scenic beauty and thrills. The story is a dramatic tonic.

Photoplay May 1929

Books with substantial mentioning of Betrayal
Homer Dickens
The Films of Gary Cooper
Secaucus, NJ, 1970

United States 1929

Directed by

Douglas Haig
Bodil Rosing
Ann Brody
Leone Lane


Running time:80 minutes
Country:United States

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