After the Ball

(1933) 70 min. b&w

"After the Ball" is a flirtatious comedy of a young courier and a diplomat's wife. "Basil Rathbone is the flirtatious King's courier Jack Harrowby, who can fill in an odd hour with any woman, but would rather she were blonde, and preferably with a mole or two." (from the theater program)

I have not seen the film, so I cannot offer my own review of it. What follows are reviews from other sources. Except for the picture to the right, the pictures on this page are thumbnails that link to larger photos.

"A flirtatious courier, Jack Harrowby, on his way to Geneva and the League of Nations, is delayed by being in the wrong part of the train. This upsets the plans of Peter Strange, a young diplomat, who has to break it to his wife that he will be unable to take her to the masked ball that evening.

Elissa Strange is furious. At the suggestion of her maid, she decides to go, taking the maid, Vicky, with her. Unable to enter without an escort, they are befriended by Jack, who completely falls under the spell of Elissa. He follows her home and she cannot get rid of him. Again Vicky comes to the rescue and the two girls change clothes. Jack is deceived; complications arise when Peter brings Jack to his home and arouses his suspicions, but all ends well when the truth transpires." (Picture Show, March 25, 1933)

"This sophisticated remake of the German bedroom farce OPERA BALL has Rathbone becoming involved in an affair with a diplomat's wife. Or is it with the maid? Lush and pretty, with a handsome cast, the film has a definite, albeit simple charm." (TV Guide Movie Database)

"Directed by Milton Rosmer, this Fox release of a Gaumont-British production was a dull remake of a successful German talkie, Opera Ball. Rathbone co-starred in the film with Esther Ralston. . . .  Notices for the two leading players were good." (Basil Rathbone: His Life and Films,* p. 143)

* Basil Rathbone: His Life and His Films, by Michael B. Druxman (South Brunswick and New York: A.S. Barnes), 1975. (Out of print, but available from the author. If interested click here.)


Basil Rathbone and Jean Adrienne

Poster for the film

Basil Rathbone

poster

Basil Rathbone, Esther Ralston and Jean Adrienne

Basil Rathbone and George Curzon

Basil Rathbone and Esther Ralston

Basil Rathbone

lobby card

lobby card

Basil Rathbone and Esther Ralston
   

 

Cast

Credits

Basil Rathbone...........Jack Harrowby
Esther Ralston..............Elissa Strange
Marie Burke................................Lavita
Jean Adrienne.............................Vicky
George Curzon...............Peter Strange
Clifford Heatherly..................Albuera
Production Co. ........Gaumont-British
Producer.....................Michael Balcon
Director........................Milton Rosmer
Writers.........................H.M. Harwood,

          J.O.C. Orton
Cinematographer............Percy Strong
Original Music............... Clifford Grey,
          Otto Stransky
Art Director.....................Alfred Junge
 

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