Release dateJune 2, 1929 (1929-06-02) (U.S.) Based onKarriere
by Paul Rosenhayn and Alfred Schirokauer WriterForrest Halsey, Paul Perez (titles), Paul Rosenhayn (play), Alfred Schirokauer (play)
Careers is an 1929 American all-talking pre-Code drama film directed by John Francis Dillon and produced and released by First National Pictures. It stars Billie Dove and features Antonio Moreno, Thelma Todd and Noah Beery. The film was based on a 1924 German play entitled Karriere, written by Alfred Schirokauer and Paul Rosenhayn.
Careers was Billie's Dove first film with dialogue.
In the French colony of Cochin-China, young French magistrate Victor Gromaire (Antonio Moreno) and his wife Hélène (Billie Dove) are virtually prisoners because the colony's president (Noah Beery) is attracted to the wife. The president blocks Victor's career on the bench until his wife agrees to his demands. Victor, angered by this treatment after four years of hard work, secretly goes to the governor of the colony to complain.
Advised by Carouge (Holmes Herbert), a prominent attorney in the colony, as to why her husband's career has been stymied, Hélène tries to save her husband from disaster by pleading with the president, but inadvertently reveals her husband's plan. Afraid for his safety, she consents to do whatever the president wishes, as long as he does nothing to endanger her husband. Just as he is about to take advantage of her offer, he is murdered by a native musician (Kamiyama Sojin) who has been hiding in the room.
Hélène is immediately suspected of the murder, and the musician comes out of hiding and accuses her of the crime. Victor is placed in charge of the investigation and discovers that the musician is lying, and that he is the murderer.
Tired of the dangers of life in the French colony, the couple head back to Paris, where Victor hopes to start a new career.
Billie Dove as Hélène Gromaire
Antonio Moreno as Victor Gromaire
Thelma Todd as Hortense
Noah Beery as The President
Holmes Herbert as Carouge
Carmel Myers as the woman
Robert Frazer as Lavergne Solin
Kamiyama Sojin as Biwa Player
Carmel Myers sings the song "I Love You, I Hate You"
The film was considered a lost film, with only the Vitaphone soundtrack still in existence. However, a print was discovered an Italian film archive in 2017.