The Case of Lena Smith

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Movie Info

A peasant girl goes to great lengths to protect her child in 19th century Vienna.

Cast & Crew

James Hall
Franz Hofrat
Gustave von Seyffertitz
Herr Hofrat
Emily Fitzroy
Frau Hofrat
Lawrence Grant
Commissioner
Betty Aho
Stefan's Sister
Jules Furthman
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Julian Johnson
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Samuel Ornitz
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Harold Rosson
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Helen Lewis
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Hans Dreier
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Critic Reviews for The Case of Lena Smith

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  • As a literary and artistic product it is admirable.

    July 17, 2020 | Full Review…
  • [The Case of Lena Smith] excites one's interest because of its fine Austrian and Hungarian atmosphere and also through a few well-defined characterizations. The story, however, is so drenched with agony that it is seldom convincing.

    July 17, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The Case of Lena Smith lacks continuity. Parts of it seem to have no connection at all with the main story. Even the main story itself Is rambling and trivial.

    July 17, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Although he has told his story too carefully, perhaps, and dedicated it too consciously to the majesty of suffering, Josef von Sternberg, director of Underworld, often gives this unusual picture the Spartan, grand effect he tries for.

    July 17, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The story as set forth on the screen is a peculiar one; it places the star in a role that gives her tremendous dramatic opportunity, but has an ending that cannot by the widest stretch of imagination be classed as a happy one.

    July 23, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The whole picture is interesting because of the good direction in addition to the good story material.

    July 23, 2020 | Full Review…

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