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The Rich Are Always with Us (1932)

TV-G | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 21 May 1932 (USA)
The ten year marriage of of Caroline Van Dyke and Greg Grannard is falling apart. A young woman, Allison, plots to become his second wife. Caroline's friend, novelist Julian, has long loved... See full summary »

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Clark Davis
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Judge Bradshaw (as Burton Churchill)
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The ten year marriage of of Caroline Van Dyke and Greg Grannard is falling apart. A young woman, Allison, plots to become his second wife. Caroline's friend, novelist Julian, has long loved her and now sees his chance, but she refuses him and goes to Paris to file for divorce. Julian follows but on hearing that Greg has fallen on financial hardship Caroline returns to help him. Greg tells Caroline that his now-wife Allison is pregnant and Caroline realizes that she loves Julian and to travel to China with him and be married. Allison and Greg have a bitter row in the car, which then smashes into a tree killing Allison and injuring Greg. Caroline tells Julian she will stay with Greg until he is well, but marries Julian in the hospital with a promise to join him as soon as she can. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Sumptuous portrayal of sensuous society in the perfumed fragrance of Park Avenue and Paris boudoirs. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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21 May 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En natt i kärlek  »

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Trivia

Ruth Chatterton and George Brent married shortly after this film. And divorced two years later. See more »

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As Caroline and Julian are leaving the restaurant, a moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the frame and curtain of the doorway to the elevator, upper right. See more »

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Featured in Women He's Undressed (2015) See more »

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A Hot Time in the Old Town
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by Theo. A. Metz
First tune played at the charity gambling event
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Call me Malbro
29 May 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Where in the world did the screenwriters come up with such a first name? It is attached to the flirty character very well played by Bette Davis.

Ruth Chatterton was always good. She and Davis are both rich (though exactly what the origin of the axiom in the title is, I'm not sure.) She is married to an insufferable stuffed shirt. George Brent is also interested in her. Why she wants to stay with her husband is unclear. It's not as if he's faithful.

Chatterton is not well served by the film. She is costumed and made up in a highly unflattering way. Superb film actress though she was, even in 1932, she was no spring chicken. And the movie is filmed in a way that accents this.

The situations are a tiny bit racy but don't accept an ooh-la-la sort of pre-Code movie. It's a drawing room comedy of a second- or third-tier. Davis's character's name is probably the most memorable thing about it.


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