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The River (1929)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  6 October 1929 (USA)
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Complete credited cast:
Allen John Spender
Mary Duncan ...
Ivan Linow ...
Sam Thompson
Margaret Mann ...
Widow Thompson
Alfred Sabato ...
Marsdon (as Alverdo Sabato)
Bert Woodruff ...
The Miller


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6 October 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Backwash  »

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| (restored)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System) (talking sequences)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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I Found Happiness (When I Found You)
music by Erno Rapee
lyric by Lew Pollack
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3 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The other reviewers have pretty well covered this film, but I would like to add that the Cinémethèque Suisse, along with some other film preservationists, has created a version that reconstructs the plot using the script deposited at UCLA, and still images. Thanks to their hard work, it is now easy to understand the story (though the music they added left something to be desired--"Flight of the Bumblebees" is not appropriate for a seduction scene).

If you've always wanted to see Charles Farrell without his shirt on (and who hasn't?), this is the movie for you. I agree with the other reviewers that the film contains a strong erotic charge. The stunning camera-work and lighting, the world-weary, Dietrichesque beauty of Mary Duncan (intriguingly out of place in the hardscrabble setting), and the always-gorgeous Farrell combine to fashion a moody, seductive world. But most of my fellow audience members were unable to give themselves over to the melodrama, and could only laugh at the plot and complain afterward, which was very annoying to us romantics in the audience.

In addition to Charles and Mary, the remaining footage contains pieces of Ivan Linow's sympathetic portrayal of "a deaf-mute giant". You will also see a trained pet crow with a lot of personality, and a dead bear whose presence is unwittingly tragic.

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