Lynn Fontanne received her only Oscar nomination for playing simply The Actress in The Guardsman.
The Guardsman, while having an interesting story, is slow, very slow, and never comes to live on screen. The two actors - Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne have chemistry with each other, but neither one are hardly fascinating. The story follows the two married actors, as they insult each other into oblivion. He finally gets the feeling she is cheating on him, so he disguises himself as a Russian to see if she will fall for his advances. The story is all over the place and the acting is pure theatrics.
Lynn has a natural quality to her, but her silent roots are visible in the part. Like this interesting smile she gives near the end of the film, it's both strange, but entertaining, as we soon begin to learn she may have been in on the secret the entire time.
An interesting performance in an interesting story, that both fail to shine as they should.