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Writers:
John Lee Mahin (screen play)
Wilson Collison (from the play by)
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Release Date:
22 October 1932 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The owner of a rubber plantation becomes involved with the new wife of one of his employees. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Clark Gable ... Dennis Carson

Jean Harlow ... Vantine
Gene Raymond ... Gary Willis

Mary Astor ... Barbara Willis

Donald Crisp ... Guidon
Tully Marshall ... McQuarg
Forrester Harvey ... Limey
Willie Fung ... Hoy
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Directed by
Victor Fleming (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
John Lee Mahin (screen play) (as John Mahin)

Wilson Collison (from the play by)

Donald Ogden Stewart  additional writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... producer (uncredited)
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson (photographed by)
Arthur Edeson (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Blanche Sewell (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hugh Boswell .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
83 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Greta Garbo was originally cast as Vantine. But when the script underwent drastic re-writes, the role was recast with Jean Harlow.See more »
Quotes:
McQuarg:If it was the summer of 1894, I'd play games with you, sister. But life is much simpler now.See more »
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There's No Place Like Home (Home, Sweet Home)See more »

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40 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Gable & Harlow Get Torrid In The Tropics, 6 April 2001
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

The fetid RED DUST of a Malaysian rubber plantation is the setting for an adulterous triangle involving the quick-tempered, rawboned manager, a brassy American prostitute & the upper-class wife of a new employee. Together, they're about to heat up the tropics.

Although blessed with good acting & fine production values, this is merely a soap opera set in the jungle. MGM was pushing the moral envelope here, seeing just how far they could go with libidinous behavior - and in those pre-Production Code days that was pretty far. Clark Gable & Jean Harlow exude sexuality, openly lusting for each other & spreading hormones around the screen. Harlow's lines (of dialogue) are both witty & suggestive, while Gable talks with his eyes and his hands. They were a perfect cinematic match and this film was such a big success that they would repeat the same basic plot 3 years later in CHINA SEAS, although the Code would cause that film to be a bit more covert.

Mary Astor adds a wrinkle to the plot as another fine-looking female for Gable to mate with, but the audience is never in any doubt that gorgeous Harlow will get him in the end. The rest of the cast (Gene Raymond, Donald Crisp, Tully Marshall & giggling Willie Fung) are good in small roles.

It should be noted that the story line contains racist elements, not unusual in a Hollywood film of that era.

By the way, the bedtime story Harlow is reading Gable at the end of the movie is a parody - and a good one - of the animal stories by Thornton W. Burgess which were very popular at the time.

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