Brief Moment

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

Brief Moment
Directed byDavid Burton
Written byEdith Fitzgerald
Brian Marlow
StarringCarole Lombard
Gene Raymond
Donald Cook
CinematographyTed Tetzlaff
Release date
  • September 29, 1933 (1933-09-29)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States


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 reunited 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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