GenreDrama Story byEugene ONeill CountryUnited States
Release dateJuly 15, 1932 (1932-07-15) Based onStrange Interlude
by Eugene ONeill WriterEugene ONeill (from the play by), Bess Meredyth (dialogue continuity), C. Gardner Sullivan (dialogue continuity) CastNorma Shearer (Nina Leeds), Clark Gable (Dr. Ned Darrell), Alexander Kirkland (Sam Evans), Ralph Morgan (Charlie Marsden), Robert Young (Gordon Evans as a Young Man), May Robson (Mrs. Evans) Similar moviesBlack Swan, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Boy Next Door, Pi, Lost Highway, Hard Candy
Strange interlude pre code scene
Strange Interlude is a 1932 American pre-Code drama film directed by Robert Z. Leonard and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film stars Norma Shearer and Clark Gable, and is based on the play Strange Interlude by Eugene O'Neill. It is greatly shortened from the play: the stage production lasts six hours and is sometimes performed over two evenings, while the film runs the usual two hours.
Gordon Shaw was a flyer who was shot down and killed during World War I. Nina (Norma Shearer) would have married him before he left, but her father forbade the marriage. Charlie (Ralph Morgan) is a friend, but Nina does not love him; and he is too timid, too shy, to tell her the way he feels about her. Sam (Alexander Kirkland) is her husband, but her love for him disappears after the ceremony, when she finds out that there is mental illness in his family and that there can be no children.
To have the child she wants, but cannot have with Sam, she has a secret affair with Ned (Clark Gable), who wants her to leave Sam. Gordon Evans (Robert Young) is the result of the affair, but he does not know Ned is his real father. Nina continues to play with the emotions of all three men and devote herself only to Gordon.
Cast (in credits order)
Norma Shearer as Nina Leeds
Clark Gable as Dr. Ned Darrell
Alexander Kirkland as Sam Evans
Ralph Morgan as Charlie Marsden
Robert Young as Gordon Evans (as a young man)
May Robson as Mrs. Evans
Maureen O'Sullivan as Madeline Arnold
Henry B. Walthall as Professor Leeds
Mary Alden as Mary (the Leeds' maid)
Tad Alexander as Gordon Evans (as a child)
According to MGM records, the film earned $957,000 in the US and Canada and $280,000 elsewhere, resulting in a profit of $90,000.