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The Trespasser

Released Nov 11, 1929 1h 40m Drama List
Reviews 38% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
A pregnant woman (Gloria Swanson) leaves her husband (Robert Ames), at the request of her father-in-law (William Holden). Read More Read Less

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Louisa E Another great movie. I am loving the movies nominated in this Oscar's realm. The title is clever - linking to trespasses as another name for sin and trespassers as a mistress into a marriage boundary. The plot was interesting but, unfortunately, implausible at times. There were a few slowish sections, but overall it was well done. The acting from the whole cast is probably the best I've seen in a while. Usually, there is at least one terrible actor somewhere, but this was pretty good. Gloria is a fantastic actress. So far, I have found a lot of actresses are still overacting in the main, but Gloria did a much more subtle job. Jackie was adorable. I wish I could have felt more for the male characters, but I thought they were a bit one-dimensional. I don't know why Gloria had to sing in the movie. She has a lovely voice, but I felt it unnecessary and was probably just to exploit the new technology. Gloria was magnificent. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Gloria Swanson plays a long suffering working girl destined to raise her son alone after her father in law influences her husband to have their marriage annulled. The rest of the cast clearly does not have the acting chops she does, but the story's transitions and movement in plot do not depend on anyone other than her. Director Ed Goulding wrote and directed the film which was executive produced by Swanson's long time love Joe Kennedy. Some may criticize the film for its dated over the top performance by Swanson and unbelievable coincidences. The film was released a mere couple weeks after the stock market crash which ushered in the Great Depression. Swanson sings a couple songs and although creaky and limited in emotional scope, the film is worth seeing. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review steve d Has not aged well but Swanson is still effective. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Gloria Swanson's first talkie is full of overacting and melodrama; Swanson chews the scenery (she even sings!) in a role that earned her on Oscar nomination. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Creaky antique with Glo the whole show. She suffers and suffers and suffers.....sometimes in mink. More interesting as a chance to see her Oscar nominated portrayal than any real value to the film which even restored is in rough shape. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A pregnant woman (Gloria Swanson) leaves her husband (Robert Ames), at the request of her father-in-law (William Holden).
Edmund Goulding
Edmund Goulding
United Artists
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 11, 1929, Limited
1h 40m