The Magnificent Lie

The Magnificent Lie is a 1931 American pre-Code drama film directed by Berthold Viertel and written by Vincent Lawrence, Leonard Merrick and Samson Raphaelson. The film stars Ruth Chatterton, Ralph Bellamy, Stuart Erwin, Françoise Rosay, Sam Hardy, Charles Boyer and Tyler Brooke. The film was released on July 25, 1931, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

The Magnificent Lie
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Directed byBerthold Viertel
Screenplay byVincent Lawrence
Leonard Merrick
Samson Raphaelson
StarringRuth Chatterton
Ralph Bellamy
Stuart Erwin
Françoise Rosay
Sam Hardy
Charles Boyer
Tyler Brooke
Music byKarl Hajos
Rudolph G. Kopp
John Leipold
CinematographyCharles Lang
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • July 25, 1931 (1931-07-25)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States


Recovering from a World War I head wound, soldier Bill Childers is paid a hospital visit by Rosa Duchene, a renowned French singer and actress who is contributing to the war effort. It was love at first sight, but Bill does not see her again for 12 years, during which time his combat injury has left him almost totally blind.

In the lumber business with partner Elmer Graham, word comes that the famous Rosa is coming to town to perform. Bill excitedly brings her flowers, but is duped by two French actors into believing that another woman, known as Poll, is actually Rosa.

Bill goes permanently blind and the haughty Rosa has no interest in him. Poll falls for Bill, but during her impersonation of the other woman, Bill recognizes their disparity in height. He is angered by her deception, he angrily leaves. An auto accident results in a serious leg injury for Poll but the sudden restoration of Bill's eyesight. Both agree to give their relationship one more try.


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  1. ^ Hal Erickson (2015). "The-Magnificent-Lie - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on February 20, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "The Magnificent Lie (1931) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 19, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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