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Prestige (1932)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama | 22 January 1932 (USA)
A woman travels to a French penal colony in Indo China to be with her fiancée, the commander. She arrives to find that he is now an alcoholic.

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A woman travels to a French penal colony in Indo China to be with her fiancée, the commander. She arrives to find that he is now an alcoholic.

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Crew members Tommy Clark and W.E. Coleman were injured in a car accident while on location in Sarasota, Florida, on December 8, 1931. See more »

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Lt.: Tell me, what sort of a trip did you have, eh? Pretty rough?
Capt. Remy Baudoin: Not bad. There was an episode with some crocodiles. I thought for a moment I was gone. But it appears they prefer dark meat.
Lt.: Boatman?
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Lt.: Too bad.
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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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"Tracking" through the jungle
3 May 2005 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

This is RKO's entry in the "White Man's Grave" genre. Being an Ann Harding (queen of the women's picture) vehicle, it lacks the ineffable luridness of most early Hollywood jungle melodramas (White Woman, Red Dust, Panama Flo, etc.). Instead, it generally takes the high road in delineating a French colonial officer's descent into despondency and alcoholism in a sweaty Southeast Asian outpost. Enough politically-incorrect dialog and flouting of accepted morals does creep into the picture to place it in the pre-code realm, but much less than one might expect.

Although long-forgotten, the film definitely has many points to recommend it. The ever-reliable Hollywood helmsman Tay Garnett here evinces a startling obsession with keeping the camera moving -- it's just one complex tracking shot after another, with several long pans thrown in. When the camera does remain static, it's often to emphasize a dramatic moment, and quite effectively so.

Also, long before the infusion of liberal ideals into Hollywood's view of third-world relations, this picture's take is surprisingly modern. The protagonists learn their lesson in dignity from a remarkably loyal and noble native servant (played by the great thespian Clarence Muse). At the same time, the clearly delineated incompatibility between the French and the natives shows the futility of the "white man's burden" philosophy.


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