A History of Screenwriting 55 – The Trespasser starring Gloria Swanson – Written by Edmund Goulding – 1929

A History of Screenwriting 55 – The Trespasser starring Gloria Swanson – Written by Edmund Goulding – 1929

A History of Screenwriting 55 - The Trespasser starring Gloria Swanson - Written by Edmund Goulding - 1929

The Trespasser is a 1929 American pre-Code film directed and written by Edmund Goulding, starring Gloria Swanson, Robert Ames, Purnell Pratt, Henry B. Walthall, and Wally Albright. The film was released by United Artists in both silent and talkie 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 since 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 happily (if improbably) 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.[1] The film earned an Academy Award nomination for (Gloria Swanson) in her talkie debut. It was written and directed by Edmund Goulding and was first filmed as a silent film. A talkie version was quickly made and was a smash hit for its star, Gloria Swanson. Goulding remade the film as That Certain Woman (1937) with Bette Davis and Henry Fonda. .- Wikipedia


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