Because I Loved You (1930)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - Germany  |  
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Because I Loved You was the first German-made talking picture to obtain a widespread release in the U.S. Mady Christians stars as Inge Lund, a popular stage actress who plans to retire upon the occasion of her marriage. Shortly before the wedding, she allows her drunken leading man Otto Radney (Walter Jankuhn) to invite himself into her apartment. One thing leads to another, and before long Inge and Otto end up in bed together. Years later, Inge, happily married and the mother of a child, is unexpectedly reunited with Otto when the latter shows up in town with a touring play. Upon learning of her brief affair with Otto, Inge's husband dissolves the marriage and takes custody of the child. To assuage her grief, Inge returns to the stage. More years pass; Inge comes back to the town where her ex-husband resides, hoping for a reunion with her beloved child. Variations of Because I Loved You would pop up in Hollywood for years afterward, usually starring the likes of Kay Francis and Ruth Chatterton.

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actor, child, extramarital-affair, love, marriage, stage