Ruby falls in love with small-time con man Eddie. During a botched blackmail scheme, Eddie accidentally kills the man they were setting up. Eddie takes off and Ruby is sent to a reformatory for two years.
A newspaper man, his ignored fiancée, and his former employee, a down on his luck reporter, hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news story into the truth in order to prevent a high-society woman from suing for libel.
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
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Once an audience poll suggested that America's moviegoers held a great deal of sympathy for the recently-widowed Jean Harlow, whose husband Paul Bern committed suicide just three months into their marriage, Louis B. Mayer encouraged director Victor Fleming to complete the picture quickly so the studio could capitalize on the audience's goodwill. This was quite the reversal of attitudes, as Mayer had initially tried to replace Harlow for fear that her husband's suicide (which occurred under suspicious circumstances) would harm the film's box office returns. See more »
When Clark Gable and Gene Raymond are in the tree while hunting, after the line: 'this would be a bad country to raise children in, wouldn't it?', the cloud in the background changes dramatically. See more »
What's the matter with you? Are you crazy?
Just a little nauseated. This rain seems to have uncovered a pile of garbage around here.
Stop looking through key holes. It's bad for the eyes.
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Red Dust is definitive proof that Gable and Harlow were a unique phenomena
in the field of cinema chemistry. It is also stands as a prime example as
why Harlow became a star so quick. She is a loveable sex goddess, and
has simply been no other like her. The way she stares at and chides Gable,
and the sheer image of delight which graces her expressive face when she's
in his presence, is something that couldn't be taught in any acting
It is pure Harlow. The production value is quite adequate for 1932, with
Harlow playing a prostitute on the run who happens upon Gables rubber
plantation. The arrival of Mary Astor and her husband played well by Gene
Raymond, threatens Harlow's chances with Gable, as he takes a liking to
pleasant demeanor of Astor. The rain-barrel scene in which gable scolds
Harlow for being to "care-free" is one of Hollywood's most memorable film
moments. This film was remade as "Mogambo" by John Ford in 1953. The role
"Vantine" (occupied by Harlow) was assumed by Ava Gardner, and the Mary
Astor role was assumed by Grace Kelly. Though more than competent in their
roles, neither of these actresses could recapture the spark that made
and Gable the "it" couple of the 1930's.
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