A sensational array of screen names and the intriguing nature of the story (The Green Hat) from which it was made, together with some magnificent acting by Greta Garbo, carries through this vague and sterilized version of Michael Arlen’s erotic play. Superb technical production counts in its favor.
But the kick is out of the material, and, worse yet, John Gilbert has an utterly blah role. Most of the footage he merely stands around rather sheepishly.
So here is a woman who, disappointed in her first love, plunges into an orgy of amorous adventures from Calais to Cairo.
Garbo saves an unfortunate situation throughout by a subtle something in her playing that suggests just the erotic note that is essential to the whole theme and story.
Production is noteworthy for its beauty of setting and atmosphere.
Lewis Stone plays a wise and kindly old counsellor of the madcap heroine that is made to order for his suave and sophisticated style of playing. Dorothy Sebastian manages to register real personality as the wife.