The Trespasser

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The Trespasser was Gloria Swanson's first all-talking picture. All talk is right. Swanson plays a humble secretary who marries the son (Robert Ames) of a domineering millionaire (William Holden--no, not that William Holden). The father-in-law bullies Swanson into giving up his son; she agrees to step out of his life, proudly withholding the fact that she's about to become a mother. Later, Swanson enters her ex-husband's social class via an inheritance. Unfortunately, he's remarried to Kay Hammond, who is crippled and thus more needful of the man's love and comfort than self-reliant Swanson. Tearfully, Swanson gives up the man she loves, left only with her child and a bulging bank account. When Trespasser was remade by director Edmund Goulding as That Certain Woman with Bette Davis in 1937, a last-minute happy ending was tacked on--if one can call the death of wife number two a joyous event. As for the original film, Gloria Swanson proved (contrary to the popular belief engendered by Sunset Boulevard) that she could have been just as big a star in talkies as she'd been in silents (she even sings well); unfortunately her subsequent judgment in screenplay selection resulted in a string of flops.

Cast

Gloria Swanson
as Marion Donnell
Purnell Pratt
as Hector Ferguson
Robert Ames
as Jack Merrick
William Holden
as John Merrick Sr.
Kay Hammond
as Catherine 'Flip' Merrick
Blanche Federici
as Miss Potter
Wally Albright
as Jackie Merrick
Blanche Frederici
as Miss Potter
Billy Bevan
as Reporter
Ed Brady
as Moving man
Dick Cramer
as Reporter
Stuart Erwin
as Reporter
Mary Forbes
as Mrs. Ferguson
Lloyd Whitlock
as Member of Board of Directors
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  • Dec 14, 2011
    Creaky antique with Glo the whole show. She suffers and suffers and suffers.....sometimes in mink. More interesting as a chance to see her Oscar nominated portrayal than any real value to the film which even restored is in rough shape.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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