The 1929 British silent/sound-transition version, I think, is superior in acting, lighting and prop use. The voice-overs of Lars Hanson (a Swede) and Lya De Putti (a Hungarian) are inadequate. It was originally a silent but, it just got caught up in the rush to sound.
Except for the last scene in the church with Mrs. McPhillip, the 1935 storyline has very little resemblance to director Arthur Robison's 1929 fine piece of work. However, the lighting, mood and atmosphere in Ford's are remarkably similar to the Robison's film made five years earlier.
I would like to see the 1929 film restored with the original music but leave it as a silent...as intended. It's that beautiful.