Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The brilliant (and ultimately tragic) Broadway actress Jeanne Eagels made her second and last talking-picture appearance in Jealousy. Based on a French stage drama by Louis Verneuil, the film casts Eagels as Yvonne, the wife of temperamental artist Pierre (Fredric March). Jealous of Yvonne's still-friendly relationship with her former lover Rigaud (Holmes Herbert), Pierre goes off the deep end when Rigaud lends the couple some much-needed money. Discovering Yvonne in Rigaud's apartment, Pierre misunderstands the innocent situation and kills his "rival" then stands by silently as another man is accused of the murder. The truth finally "outs" in an overwrought courtroom finale. Production stills from Jealousy reveal that Jeanne Eagels was seriously ill throughout shooting, but she valiantly insisted upon completing the picture; within a few months after filming wrapped, she was dead of a heroin overdose at the age of 35. At least two foreign-language versions of Jealousy were filmed in 1930.
accusation, actor, confession [criminal], false-accusation, jealousy, killing, marriage, murder, romance