Brief Moment

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Brief Moment
Directed by David Burton
Written by Edith Fitzgerald
Brian Marlow
Starring Carole Lombard
Gene Raymond
Donald Cook
Cinematography Ted Tetzlaff
Release date
  • September 29, 1933 (1933-09-29)
Running time
71 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Brief Moment is a 1933 American pre-Code drama film. It stars Carole Lombard and Gene Raymond, and is based on the play of the same name by S. N. Behrman.


Rodney Deane (Gene Raymond) is a rich playboy who falls in love with nightclub singer Abby Fane (Carole Lombard). Abby wants him to get a job, so he begins working for his father. She later finds out that he is not taking the work seriously and stills spends his days at the racetrack, so she leaves him. Rodney then changes his name and gets a real job. They are reuinted by Abby's boss.



Brief Moment received positive reviews.[1] It has been described as 'Capraesque'.[2] Mordaunt Hall of The New York Times wrote, "An audience cannot help but be lured into a favorable reaction."[3]


  1. ^ Gehring, Wes D. (2003). Carole Lombard: The Hoosier Tornado. Indianapolis, Indiana: Indiana Historical Society Press. p. 105. ISBN 978-0871951670. 
  2. ^ Dick, Bernard F. The Merchant Prince of Poverty Row: Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures. Lexington, Ky: Univ. Press of Kentucky, 1993. p. 110
  3. ^ Ott, Frederick W. (1972). The Films of Carole Lombard. Secaucus, New Jersey: Citadel Press. p. 112. ISBN 978-0806502786. 

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