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The Single Standard
The Single Standard
is a 1929 romantic drama film from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
directed by veteran John S. Robertson
John S. Robertson
and starring Greta Garbo, Nils Asther, and Johnny Mack Brown.[2] This was Greta Garbo's fifteenth film and her second collaboration with fellow Swedish actor Nils Asther, after Wild Orchids.[3]


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Reception

4.1 Critical reception 4.2 Box office

5 Home media 6 References 7 External links

Plot[edit] Arden Stuart (Greta Garbo) believes that a single standard of conduct should apply to both sexes. She strives for a combination of freedom, equality, and honesty in love. Her first attempt is with chauffeur Anthony Kendall, who is secretly a disillusioned "ace aviator" and son of a lord. However their romance ends in disaster; he commits suicide when he is fired because of it. Her longtime admirer Tommy Hewlett (Johnny Mack Brown) wants to marry her, but Arden finds fulfillment in a chance encounter with Packy Cannon (Nils Asther), a wealthy ex-prizefighter turned painter. He had planned to cruise the South Seas on his yacht alone, but she impulsively goes with him. After months of idyllic bliss however, he turns around and takes her home, explaining that he needs his full attention for his painting. Though Tommy knows of Arden's love for Packy, he begs her to marry him anyway. She agrees. Several years go by, and they have a much-beloved son. However, Packy returns and admits to Arden that he could not stop thinking about her. She is swept away and agrees to sail away with him. Tommy confronts his rival with a gun; he orders Packy to pretend to reject Arden, promising to arrange a hunting "accident" for himself, so that Arden can be with Packy without a scandal that would hurt his son. Meanwhile, Arden comes to realize that their child means more to her than anyone else. She tells Packy she cannot go with him. Tommy, unaware of this latest development, arranges his shooting accident, but Arden figures it out in time. Cast[edit]

Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo
- Arden Stuart Hewlett Nils Asther
Nils Asther
- Packy Cannon Johnny Mack Brown
Johnny Mack Brown
- Tommy Hewlett (as John Mack Brown) Dorothy Sebastian
Dorothy Sebastian
- Mercedes Stuart Lane Chandler - Ding Stuart Mahlon Hamilton
Mahlon Hamilton
- Mr. John Glendenning Kathlyn Williams
Kathlyn Williams
- Mrs. Glendenning Zeffie Tilbury
Zeffie Tilbury
- Mrs. Handley Wally Albright - Arden's young son (uncredited)

Production[edit] Production took place in April and May 1929, in Hollywood, California (USA). Production stills photographs were made by James Manatt and production portraits were taken by Ruth Harriet Louise on May 1929. This is often referred to as a "silent" film. It is not. Garbo's last three "silent" films, Wild Orchids, The Single Standard
The Single Standard
and The Kiss, were all non-talking "sound" films with orchestral scores and sound effects, with all dialogue conveyed through title cards, per the traditional "silent" method. Reception[edit] Critical reception[edit]

"Beautifully photographed in the MGM manner by Oliver Marsh, The Single Standard is a prime example of how to tell an essentially "talkie" story within the confines of the silent film."

Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Box office[edit] The film garnered receipts of $1,048,000 ($659,000 in the US and $389,000 abroad), vs. a budget of $336,000. It was one of the top-grossing films of the year. Home media[edit] The film was released on VHS home video in the 1980s (within Garbo's lifetime) with its original Movietone soundtrack and effects and appears on television with the Movietone. In 2009 The Single Standard was issued on DVD release for the first time. References[edit]

^ Alexander Walker; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
(October 1980). Garbo: a portrait. Macmillan. p. 184. ISBN 978-0-02-622950-0. Retrieved 28 July 2010.  ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:..The Single Standard ^ The Single Standard
The Single Standard
at silentera.com database

Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy – by Mark A. Vieira

External links[edit]

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review at The New York Times Southseascinema.org

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Films directed by John S. Robertson


Love and Trout (1916) The Thorn and the Rose (1916) Getting By (1916) Trouble for Four (1916) Justice a la Carte (1916) The Meeting (1917) Intrigue (1917) The Money Mill (1917) Vanity and Some Sables (1917) A Service of Love (1917) Baby Mine (1917) The Bottom of the Well (1917) The Menace (1918) The Better Half (1918) The Girl of Today (1918) The Make-Believe Wife
The Make-Believe Wife
(1918) Little Miss Hoover
Little Miss Hoover
(1918) Here Comes the Bride (1919) The Test of Honor
The Test of Honor
(1919) Let's Elope (1919) Come Out of the Kitchen
Come Out of the Kitchen
(1919) The Misleading Widow
The Misleading Widow
(1919) Sadie Love
Sadie Love
(1919) Erstwhile Susan
Erstwhile Susan


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) Away Goes Prudence
Away Goes Prudence
(1920) A Dark Lantern
A Dark Lantern
(1920) 39 East
39 East
(1920) Sentimental Tommy
Sentimental Tommy
(1921) The Magic Cup
The Magic Cup
(1921) Footlights (1921) Love's Boomerang
Love's Boomerang
(1922) The Spanish Jade
The Spanish Jade
(1922) Tess of the Storm Country (1922) The Bright Shawl
The Bright Shawl
(1923) The Fighting Blade
The Fighting Blade
(1923) Twenty-One (1923) The Enchanted Cottage (1924) Classmates (1924) New Toys (1925) Soul-Fire
(1925) Shore Leave (1925) Annie Laurie (1927) Captain Salvation (1927) The Road to Romance
The Road to Romance
(1927) The Single Standard
The Single Standard
(1929) Shanghai Lady (1929)


Night Ride (1930) Captain of the Guard (1930) Madonna of the Streets (1930) Beyond Victory
Beyond Victory
(1931) The Phantom of Paris (1931) Little Orphan Annie (1932) One Man's Journey
One Man's Journey
(1933) The Crime Doctor (1934) His Greatest Gamble (1934) Wednesday's Child (1934) Grand Old Girl (1934) Captain Hurricane (1935) Our Little