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Red Dust (1932)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  22 October 1932 (USA)
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The owner of a rubber plantation becomes involved with the new wife of one of his employees.




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Conditions are spartan on Dennis Carson's Indochina rubber plantation during a dusty dry monsoon. The latest boat upriver brings Carson an unwelcome guest: Vantine, a floozy from Saigon, hoping to evade the police by a stay upcountry. But Carson, initially uninterested, soon succumbs to Vantine's ostentatious charms...until the arrival of surveyor Gary Willis, ill with malaria, and his refined but sensuous wife Barbara. Now the rains begin, and passion flows like water... Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

22 October 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die gelbe Hölle  »

Box Office


$408,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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During filming of the famous rainbarrel sequence, Jean Harlow reportedly stood up - topless - and called out something along the lines of "one for the boys in the lab!" Director Victor Fleming quickly removed the film from the camera to prevent any footage from reaching the black market. See more »


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Barbara Willis: [Watching the workers pouring liquid rubber] Why, it's milk.
Dennis Morgan: Oh no, just rubber. But you could drink it if you care to stretch a point.
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Dennis Morgan: Were you driving it?
Barbara Willis: Yes!
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Gable and Harlow raise the heat
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A very entertaining movie with Gable and Harlow at their best.They really shine in their roles.Also a good performance by a young Mary Astor.It's easy to see that Clark Gable consolidated his newly won fame with this film.He shows his magnificent charisma on the screen perhaps for the first time to full effect.Harlow matches him all the way.An inspired pairing.

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