The Painted Veil (1934)

The Painted Veil





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In this film, Greta Garbo is lovelessly married to Herbert Marshall, but carries a torch for George Brent. Marshall, a brilliant physician, is compelled to travel to China. He knows that Garbo has been having an affair and chivalrously gives her the choice of remaining with Brent or accompanying him.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: John Meehan, Jr., Salka Viertel, John Meehan, Edith Fitzgerald
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 21, 1990



as Katrin Koerber Fane

as Dr. Walter Fane

as Jack Townsend

as General Yu

as Prof. Koerber

as Frau Koerber

as Mrs. Townsend

as Bridegroom

as Waddington

as Curious Woman

as Cruel Woman

as Chief of Police

as Major-Domo

as Stuttering Woman

as Crying Boy

as Shay Kee Seng the Cl...

as Dr. Somerset

as Dr. Simmons

as Proprietor of Curio ...

as Lady Coldchester

as Mother Superior

as Secretary

as English Governor

as Englishman
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Critic Reviews for The Painted Veil

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Garbo lights up the screen with a sensuous, charismatic performance in this adaptation of Somerset Maugham as an errant wife who redeems herself during cholera crisis in China; Herbert Marshall as the husband and George Brent as the lover are also good

November 5, 2006

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Painted Veil


Garbo is a marvel to behold, so captivating that she doesn't need much effort to make us forgive her character's sins, while the solid script with its elegant dialogue is able enough to let us understand her motivations, even though the conclusion comes a bit fast and sudden.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


I watched the newer version with Edward Norton and Naomi Watts before I saw this one and I pretty sure I like the Newer one better...dont get me wrong this movie is very very well acted (especially by Garbo) but I just felt a better connection to the characters. Like Katrin...Garbo play her as whinny and I didnt actually feel bad for her while I did have that connection with Watts.

Morgan Salem

Super Reviewer


Pretty good romantic drama, with Garbo putting in her regular wonderful performance as a woman trapped in a marriage with a man she doesn't love, and in love with another man who won't commit to her. Herbert Marshall and George Brent are not some of my favorites, but they held their own here well, as the husband and the lover, respectively. I pretty much expected the ending, but that's OK. The film held my attention and kept me awake even at 1 in the morning, so that's saying something.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer

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