|Directed by||Edmund Goulding|
|Produced by||Joseph P. Kennedy|
|Written by||Edmund Goulding|
|Starring|| Gloria Swanson |
|Music by|| Josiah Zoro |
Edmund Goulding (song "Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere", Elsie Janis lyrics)
|Cinematography|| George Barnes |
|Edited by||Cyril Gardner|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
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The Trespasser is a 1929 American pre-Code film written and directed by Edmund Goulding and starring Gloria Swanson, Robert Ames, Purnell Pratt, Henry B. Walthall, and Wally Albright. The film was released by United Artists in both silent and sound versions.
A humble woman (Swanson) marries a wealthy man (Ames). Their marriage is annulled by the man's father (Holden), who considers her a fortune-hunter, and she is left alone to raise her child. She later becomes a "kept woman" for an older, married man. When the man dies, leaving Swanson a $500,000 inheritance, the press is quick to cast doubts upon the paternity of Swanson's child. Her ex-husband has remarried, and now comes back into Swanson's life. For the sake of her child, she sends the boy to live with her ex and his wife. The wife dies, and the film ends with Swanson reunited with her ex-husband.
The Trespasser was produced as both a silent and sound version for a total negative cost of $725,000.Gloria Swanson, in her sound film debut, received an Academy Award nomination. It was written and directed by Edmund Goulding and was first filmed as a silent film. A sound version was quickly made and was a big hit for its star, Gloria Swanson. Goulding remade the film as That Certain Woman (1937) with Bette Davis and Henry Fonda.
George Eastman House preserved the film with the help of the American Film Institute and The Film Foundation. This restored version was shown on Turner Classic Movies on December 14, 2011.
The Trespasser proved to be one of Swanson's only two hit sound films, the other being Sunset Boulevard (1950) many years later. Subsequent films like What a Widow! (1930), Indiscreet (1931), Tonight or Never (1931), Perfect Understanding (1933), and Music in the Air (1934) were all box-office flops.
The Trespasser was an important film for Swanson, following the financially disastrous Queen Kelly (1929) and the hit Sadie Thompson (1928). This was Swanson's second Oscar nomination. Despite the disappointments following The Trespasser, Swanson was remembered by Billy Wilder, a screenwriter on Music in the Air (1934), when he was casting the part of Norma Desmond for Sunset Boulevard (1950).[ citation needed ]
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