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Red Dust (1932)

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

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(uncredited)

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(screen play) (as John Mahin), (from the play by)
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Drama | Romance

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22 October 1932 (USA)  »

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Die gelbe Hölle  »

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$408,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Chapter Four of "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole refers to "Red Dust" as the movie his parents had seen on the night they conceived the novel's protagonist, Ignatius J. Reilly. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Barbara Willis: Don't you think I could be happy?
Dennis Morgan: Would you mind if I made it my job to see that you are?
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Soundtracks

Appassionato in A Minor
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Music by Domenico Savino
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Highly charged
11 July 2004 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

Erotically highly charged melodrama that fairly sizzles, even today, more than 70 years later. Cinematography has a plasticity and a sheen to it that makes the film gorgeous to look at, editing is highly efficient and gets the job done and the story told, and the acting is fabulous. I wasn't prepared for the physical impact of the young Gable, how he makes absolutely no excuses for his raw sexuality and libido and how amazingly attractive he was. Harlow as well, I was prepared to find her vulgar and shallow, but she was quite good and certainly had a chemistry thing going with Gable.

Recommended, and please, all of you insisting that this is an inexcusably racist picture, any work of art needs to be judged by its own unique standards, and those of its time. Racism in movies today is a lot subtler, but certainly exists just like it did in the early 30s, and politics or no politics it doesn't detract from the greatness of this genre movie.

Heartily recommended.


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