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Prestige (1932)

Passed  -  Adventure | Drama  -  22 January 1932 (USA)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Harding ...
Therese Du Flos
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Capt. Remy Bandoin
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Capt. Andre Verlaine
Ian Maclaren ...
Colonel Du Flos (as Ian MacLaren)
Guy Bates Post ...
Major
Rollo Lloyd ...
Capt. Emil de Fontenac
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Nham
Tetsu Komai ...
Sergeant
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Trivia

Local girl Eunice Coleman was hired as Ann Harding's photo double, leading to much coverage in the local press. Coleman, who had training as a circus performer, did some stunt work with elephants for the film. See more »

Quotes

Therese Du Flos Verlaine: [as Therese prepares to leave for French Indochina, she says goodbye to her father, the Colonel] Aren't you going to let me forget just for five minutes that I'm a soldier's daughter?
Col. Du Flos: From now on, you'll have to remember it more than ever. You're going out to marry André, but that is not enough. You'll live in a place where it is impossible to live; you'll make your home where no home can be. Have you sufficient strength for that?
Therese Du Flos Verlaine: I hope so, sir.
Col. Du Flos: I believe you have, but so has the jungle. Don't ...
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Soundtracks

I Don't Know What You Do to Me
(1932) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Harold Lewis and Bernie Grossman
Played on piano and sung by Jay Eaton at the engagement party
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23 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

Like virtually all films of its era that deal with Africa, the Middle East and the Far East, this one is totally matter-of-fact about the impact of colonialism on the affected nations and their people, and instead concentrates on the hardships suffered by Europeans assigned there. Melvyn Douglas, ordered to command a penal colony in French Indo-China, falls victim to heat, boredom, loneliness; so severe is his decline into alcoholism and despair that not even the arrival of his beloved, Ann Harding, is able to pull him out of it for long.

The prisoners would gladly trade his problems for their own. What lifts this melodrama out of the realm of the ordinary is the outstanding work of director Tay Garnett, particularly his use of a very mobile camera and the construction of perhaps a dozen long tracking shots that are stunning to behold. It is always notable when conventional material is transformed into on-screen excellence by the talent behind the camera, as well as in front of it. Here is a prime example.


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