~The Temptress~

Greta Garbo ...  Elena
Antonio Moreno ...  Manuel Robledo
Marc McDermott ...  M.Fontenoy (as Marc MacDermott)
Lionel Barrymore ...  Canterac
Armand Kaliz ...  Marquis de Torre Bianca
Roy D'Arcy ...  Manos Duras
Robert Anderson ...  Pirovani (as Robert Andersen)
Francis McDonald ...  Timoteo
Hector Sarno ...  Rojas (as Hector V. Sarno)
Virginia Brown Faire ...  Celinda
Steve Clemente ...  Salvadore (uncredited)
Roy Coulson ...  Trinidad (uncredited)
Louise Emmons ...  Newspaper Vendor (uncredited)
Inez Gomez ...  Sebastiana (uncredited)
Bob Kortman ...  Duras henchman (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ...  Caballero (uncredited)
Alys Murrell ...  Josephine (uncredited)
Mauritz Stiller ...  (uncredited)
Directed by:
Fred Niblo    
Mauritz Stiller - uncredited

Written by:
Dorothy Farnum - scenario
Marian Ainslee - titles

Based on the novel La Tierra de Todos by Vicente Blasco-Ibáñez (Valencia,
Spain, 1922); translated as The Temptress by Leo Ongley (New York, 1923).
The Temptress was Greta Garbo's second American film, and while it may strike modern viewers as
excessively melodramatic, Garbo is always worth watching. The star plays Elena, the wife of Monsieur
Canterac (Lionel Barrymore) -- and the mistress of rich Parisian banker Monsieur Fontenoy (Marc
MacDermott). When the banker's Argentine friend Robledo (Antonio Moreno), a dynamic young
engineer, pays a visit to Paris, the fickle Elena immediately falls in love with him. Upon learning that
Fontenoy has lost his fortune, Elena dumps him and returns to her husband, whereupon the banker kills
himself. Evidently not content with ruining one life, Elena heads to Argentina and goes to work on
Robledo, leading to a bloody whip duel between Robledo and his rival Manos Duros (Roy D'Arcy).
Inevitably, Elena drives Robledo to perdition and indirectly causes the destruction of the magnificent
dam upon which he has worked all his life. Banished from Argentina, she returns to Paris, where she
spends the rest of her days as a seedy streetwalker. At least, that was the ending of the European version
of The Temptress. The American version incredibly ends happily, five years after the above-described
events, as Robledo and the reformed Elena triumphantly supervise the opening of his now-repaired dam!
Initially, the film's director was Garbo's mentor-lover, the brilliant Mauritz Stiller, but he was replaced
halfway through by the competent but uninspired Fred Niblo -- and the finished picture shows this
division of interests all too clearly.

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
~Plot Synopsis~
~Antonio Moreno & Greta Garbo~
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Cosmopolitan Productions

Distribution Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Produced by: Irving Thalberg  
Original Music by: Michael Picton & Ernst Luz  
Cinematography by: William H. Daniels & Tony Gaudio   
Film Editing by: Lloyd Nosler    
Set Decoration by: James Basevi  (settings) & Cedric Gibbons  (settings)  
Assistant Director: H. Bruce Humberstone   
Still Photographer: Buddy Longworth  
Wardrobe: André-ani & Max Rée

Length: 9 Reels
Runtime: 117 Minutes
Released: October 3, 1926
~368-x-196: 265- Director Fred Niblo and Greta Garbo~
~265-330: Antonio Moreno & Greta Garbo~
~265-336: Antonio Moreno & Greta Garbo
~Greta Garbo~