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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Complete credited cast:
Linda Gault
George Brent ...
Geoffrey Gault
Marcia Peterson
Barbara Leonard ...
Ronnie Sanderson
Henry Kolker ...
John Fair
Arthur Pringle
Ivan F. Simpson ...
Hodge (as Ivan Simpson)


Rich couple loses their fortune in stock market crash.

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Release Date:

9 October 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Derrocada  »

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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 »


Ronnie Sanderson: I've seen you before, you know. In Hamilton, before you came here.
Linda Gault: Where? In the bar? That's right. I was trying to drink myself to death. Oh, but it wasn't my fault, you know. I'm so young and women are so helpless.
Ronnie Sanderson: Women aren't helpless. They're the most dangerous creatures alive.
Linda Gault: Splendid! You look like a man who can face danger. Shall we take a walk?
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Whistle and Blow Your Blues Away
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Carmen Lombardo
Played by the accordionist
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20 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is pre-Code (the Maid's behind is prominently smacked) and pre-Welles/Hitchcock. So this can be described as 'reaching' more than authentically cinematic - but that's its central value: the striving, of the characters within the story, and the striving of Dieterle to tell the story visually.

At under one hour, there's no time for sentiment - there's barely time to fit in the subplot about rescuing the fiancée with the stolen jewelry - so at all levels it has to stay emotionally tough and rigid, and fully class conscious, which must have grated audiences at a time when so many were forcibly 'equalized' by mass unemployment. What grates today, in our PC world, is the servile treatment of the underclasses, and when spoiled people are ruined, they actually go to work(!) instead of spending half of the movie whining. Today, this would be about catharsis and self-pity...there was no room for such indulgences back then.

Many themes from this have been retranslated to such modern examples as "Wall Street". This is the pre-Code, pre-Brando, pre-New Cinema version of a chick flick, where women are treated as expensive objects, but women reciprocate by trading in wealthy men like so many bellwether stocks.

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