The Painted Veil

1934, Drama, 1h 23m

3 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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Anxious to see another world outside of her native Austria, Katrin Koerber (Greta Garbo), the daughter of a medical professor, marries British bacteriologist Walter Fane (Herbert Marshall) and moves with him to Hong Kong. There, however, Walter's dedication to his work leaves Karin lonely and bored, and she is soon courted by dashing British attaché Jack Townsend (George Brent). Although surprised by Jack's advances, Katrin admits she is not in love with Walter and begins a dangerous affair.

Cast & Crew

Greta Garbo
Katrin Koerber Fane
Herbert Marshall
Dr. Walter Fane
George Brent
Jack Townsend
Warner Oland
General Yu
Jean Hersholt
Herr Koerber
Beulah Bondi
Frau Koerber (scenes deleted)
Cecilia Parker
Olga Koerber
Billy Bevan
Bridegroom (scenes deleted)
Forrester Harvey
Deputy Commissioner Waddington
Alice Cooke
Curious Woman (uncredited)
Jane Kerr
Cruel Woman (uncredited)
Vernon Dent
Chief of Police (scenes deleted)
Gus Leonard
Major Domo (scenes deleted)
Dorothea Wolbert
Stuttering Woman (scenes deleted)
Delmar Watson
Crying Boy (scenes deleted)
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Critic Reviews for The Painted Veil

All Critics (3) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (1)

  • As usual, Miss Garbo seems more important than her story.

    August 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • There is drama enough in the sheer fact of [Garbo's] presence to dominate completely even such a fantastic plot as this one.

    June 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: B
  • As usual, Miss Garbo seems more important than her story.

    August 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • There is drama enough in the sheer fact of [Garbo's] presence to dominate completely even such a fantastic plot as this one.

    June 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: B

Audience Reviews for The Painted Veil

  • Jan 24, 2014
    Garbo is such a marvel to behold, so captivating that she doesn't need any effort to make us forgive her character's sins, while the solid script and elegant dialogue always let us understand her motivations, even though the conclusion comes a bit fast and sudden.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 03, 2009
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2009
    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
  • Sep 22, 2007
    Garbo is absolutely captivating. In spite of her sins, on e can't halp but be on her side in the story.
    Valerie G Super Reviewer

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