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The Crash (1932)

TV-G  |   |  Drama  |  9 October 1932 (USA)
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Rich couple loses their fortune in stock market crash.

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Linda Gault
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Marcia Peterson
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Paul Cavanagh ...
Ronnie Sanderson
Henry Kolker ...
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Arthur Pringle
Ivan F. Simpson ...
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Rich couple loses their fortune in stock market crash.

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Although the story takes place primarily in October 1929, and immediately thereafter, all of Linda Gault's clothes are from 1932 (styles changed dramatically during those three years). See more »

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Linda Gault: Hello?
Telephone Operator: The party wishes to reverse the charges. It will be 24 dollars and 75 cents for the first 3 minutes and 8 dollars for...
Linda Gault: Who is it?
Telephone Operator: Mr. Gault calling. Yes. Alright. Start talking please.
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Whistle and Blow Your Blues Away
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Carmen Lombardo
Played by the accordionist
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dated but as always Ruth Chatterton is wonderful
30 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love how Ruth Chatterton continued to play leading roles into her forties, at a time when actresses started playing character roles in their thirties.

Here she stars with husband George Brent in "The Crash" from 1932, and that crash is Wall Street 1929. Chatterton plays Linda Gault and Brent is her husband Geoffrey. They're used to the best of everything, particularly Linda, who grew up poor and is determined never to be poor again.

Geoffrey depends on Linda to find out things about the stock market by sleeping with financial men. Of course this is referred to in the film as "your charms."

Geoffrey gets a little nervous about the market and needs to find out whether to pull out of the market or stay in, so he sends Linda to an older financier, John Fair (Henry Kolker), who is crazy about her, to find out the truth of the situation.

Linda is sick of whoring around so she tells her husband that John told her everything is fine. The staff hears her and go on an investment binge, as does John. Then the market crashes. Geoffrey goes broke. Linda begs him to allow her to go away for a while to Bermuda just until things settle down. I guess she just wanted to be out of the fray.

Geoffrey comes up with a letter of credit for $5000 to enable her to leave. Once there, she meets an Australian sheep rancher, Ronnie Sanderson (Paul Cavanagh) who falls in love with her and wants to marry her.

Chatterton gives a wonderful performance -- somehow, we like her and understand her despite the fact that she's obvious in what she wants. Brent, Cavanagh, and Kolker give her excellent support.

This film that comes off like a stage play, though it's actually based on a novel. The dialogue is quite stilted.

Before the Depression, the upper class was the subject of plays and books, and films since many of them were adapted from plays. The class system was apparent, and everyone spoke in those mock British accents. That all changed beginning in the early '30s, and the working man took over with plays by Odets and his ilk. So this film is really an interesting artifact.

Ruth Chatterton is always worth seeing, so I recommend this; also, it's interesting from a historical viewpoint.


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