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The Crash (1932)

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



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


Rich couple loses their fortune in stock market crash.

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9 October 1932 (USA)  »

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A Derrocada  »

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Did You Know?


The $250,000 Geoff says he needs to keep from getting wiped out in the market crash is the equivalent of over $3.5M in 2016. See more »


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 »


Geoffrey Gault: Well, what'd you get out of him?
Linda Gault: Nothing that would interest you.
Geoffrey Gault: Anything he'd say to you would interest me. Whether its about the market or not.
Linda Gault: I told you. Nothing.
Geoffrey Gault: So, your fatal charm is beginning to fail, eh? Well, I'm not surprised. It couldn't last forever.
Linda Gault: You think that, eh? Alright then, I'll tell you. It was too easy. Like that.
[Snaps fingers]
Linda Gault: The market's perfectly alright. Everything's going up. Everything. This recession doesn't mean a thing. They're, they're simply trying to ...
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Whistle and Blow Your Blues Away
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Carmen Lombardo
Played by the accordionist
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Decent Drama with Fine Performances
21 November 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Crash, The (1932)

** (out of 4)

Decent if nothing overly special melodrama from First National has Ruth Chatterton playing a woman who seduces men so that she can give their stock tips to her husband (George Brent) who then makes them money. When the stock market crashes in 1929, the two lose everything so the wife decides to try out other men who might keep her away from poverty. This drama features way too much sugar but there are a few good performances that make it worth watching. I think the film, running a brief 58-minutes, does a good job at telling a simple moral story but I think the overall message is just a tad bit too simple and in the end you can't help but think you're being fed a bunch of sugar without any real meat to back up anything you're watching or being told to believe. The pre-code elements of the husband pretty much pimping his wife out for tips is an interesting angle and there's some more darker tones that help keep this film going. The main reason to watch this film is for the performance of Chatterton who really gives it her all and delivers a full and deep character. Whenever Chatterton talks about her fears of being poor, you can't help but feel for her and understand why she is so scared of going back into the streets. Brent is also good as her husband and Paul Cavanagh offers up good support. Fans of Chatterton will certainly want to give this one a try but the final film will leave most scratching their heads as to why it was even made. At just 58-minutes, the thing is incredibly short and one will wonder why it didn't contain more.

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