Adapted from a chapter of Garson Kanin's Movieola, The Silent Lovers details the Hollywood romance of silent stars John Gilbert and Greta Garbo. Garbo (Kristina Wayborn) comes to America from her native Sweden as part of a "package deal" with famed director Mauritz Stiller (Brian Keith). As Stiller's celebrity wanes, Garbo's stardom ascends, especially after her screen teaming with heartthrob Gilbert (Barry Bostwick). Gilbert and Garbo plan to marry, but the elusive Garbo fails to show up at the wedding. A disconsolate Gilbert manages to offend MGM head Louis B. Mayer (Harold Gould), who retaliates by "doctoring" the sound track of Gilbert's first talkie, thereby ruining the actor's career. More speculation than fact, The Silent Lovers was one of three TV films taken from Moviola; the others were The Scarlet O'Hara War (about the casting of Gone with the Wind) and This Year's Blonde (the early years of Marilyn Monroe).
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