The Man and the Moment
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Directed byGeorge Fitzmaurice
Written byAgnes Christine Johnston
Paul Perez
Based onstory by Elinor Glyn
Produced byRichard A. Rowland
StarringBillie Dove
CinematographySol Polito
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Release date
  • July 7, 1929 (1929-07-07)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Man and the Moment is a formerly lost[1] 1929 part-talkie romantic comedy film directed by George Fitzmaurice and starring Billie Dove. The film is mainly a silent film, with talking sequences as well as a synchronized music score and sound effects by the Vitaphone sound-on-disc process. In the restored print, many scenes feature intertitles shown immediately after the spoken dialogue conveying the same words. Title cards at the beginning of the restored print explain that the visuals for the talking sequences came from a dupe internegative that was distributed in some territories in silent form; the intertitles were left in the sequences during the restoration to maintain synchronization with the Vitaphone soundtrack, but were not originally part of the film. The story is from a 1914 novel by Elinor Glyn, the famous novelist. The film was produced by Richard A. Rowland and released by First National Pictures. A British silent film had been film of the same story in 1918.[2][3]


Two young people get married for the wrong reasons, and after being chased for a day, they decide they belong together.



A restored and complete version of the film was screened July 4, 2015 at the Il cinema ritrovato festival in Bologna, Italy.[4] The film was released on DVD by Warner Home Video in 2016.

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