~The Single Standard~
1929
~Greta Garbo~
~Cast~

Greta Garbo ...  Arden Stuart Hewlett
Nils Asther ...  Packy Cannon
Johnny Mack Brown ...  Tommy Hewlett (as John Mack Brown)
Dorothy Sebastian ...  Mercedes Stuart
Lane Chandler ...  Ding Stuart
Mahlon Hamilton ...  Mr. John Glendenning
Kathlyn Williams ...  Mrs. Glendenning
Zeffie Tilbury ...  Mrs. Handley
Wally Albright ...  Arden's Son (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ...  The Pedestrian Masher (uncredited)
Drew Demorest ...  Art Gallery Patron (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ...  (uncredited)
Anita Garvin ...  Packy's Jealous Girlfriend at Art Exhibition (uncredited)
Joel McCrea ...  Blythe, one of the Philandering Men (uncredited)
Robert Montgomery ...  Extra (uncredited)
Elliott Nugent ...  Extra (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ...  Stuart's Butler (uncredited)
Fred Solm ...  Anthony Kendall, Stuart's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Worried that Greta Garbo's rich, deep voice and thick Swedish accent would not record properly, MGM
executives kept Garbo in silent pictures longer than any of the studio's other contractees. The star's
penultimate silent effort (with music and sound effects added) was The Single Standard, based on a 1928
novel by Adela Rogers St. John. Weary of the "good old boy" mentality which dictates that men can flit
from girl to girl while women are expected to remain faithful, San Francisco socialite Arden Stuart
(Garbo) decides to adopt the "single standard" and play the field herself. She turns down a marriage
proposal by millionaire Tommy Hewlett (Johnny Mack Brown) so that she can dally with her family's
chauffeur Anthony (Robert Castle), who promptly kills himself when he realizes that Arden doesn't
intend to remain exclusively his. The heroine then moves on to athlete-artist Packy Cannon (Nils Asther),
eventually tiring of Cannon and returning to Tommy. By this time, Arden has abandoned the notion of sex
without responsibility and agrees to marry Tommy and bear his children. Beautifully photographed in
the MGM manner by Oliver Marsh, The Single Standard is a prime example of how to tell an essentially
"talkie" story within the confines of the silent film.

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
~Plot Synopsis~
Directed by: John S. Robertson

Written by:
Adela Rogers St. Johns - novel
Josephine Lovett - adaptation and scenario
Marian Ainslee - titles
~430-112: Greta Garbo & Nils Asther~
~430-23: Greta Garbo & Mahlon Hamilton~
~430-86: Greta Garbo & Johnny Mack Brown~
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Produced by: John S. Robertson
Music by: William Axt
Cinematography by: Oliver T. Marsh
Film Editing by: Blanche Sewell
Costume Design By: Cedric Gibbonsy
Gowns: Adrian
Still Photographers: James Manatt & Nicholas Muray

Length: 8 Reels
Runtime: 73 Minutes
Released: July 29, 1929