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The Rich Are Always with Us -- The richest woman in the world has everything money can buy. But with her heart torn between her faithless husband and an ardent writer, she can't have the one thing every woman wants.


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Ethel Pettit (based on the novel of the same name by)
Austin Parker (adaptation)
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Release Date:
21 May 1932 (USA) See more »
Witty, Naughty and Gay . . a spectacular story of how the other half lives - and loves - and lies. See more »
The ten year marriage of of Caroline Van Dyke and Greg Grannard is falling apart. A young woman, Allison... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ruth Chatterton ... Caroline Grannard

George Brent ... Julian Tierney

Bette Davis ... Malbro
John Miljan ... Greg Grannard
Adrienne Dore ... Allison Adair

John Wray ... Clark Davis

Robert Warwick ... The Doctor
Walter Walker ... Dante
Virginia Hammond ... Flo

Berton Churchill ... Judge Bradshaw (as Burton Churchill)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edith Allen ... First Gossiper in 1900 (uncredited)
Cecil Cunningham ... Woman Talking to Tierney at Party (uncredited)

Bill Elliott ... Gambling Extra (uncredited)
Eula Guy ... Miss Drake (uncredited)
Ruth Hall ... Gossiper in 1930 (uncredited)
Ethel Kenyon ... Seated Gossiper in 1900 (uncredited)
Ruth Lee ... Second Gossiper in 1920 (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Club Member (uncredited)
Mae Madison ... First Gossiper in 1920 (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Max - Julian's Butler (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Club Clerk (uncredited)
Harry Stubbs ... Randall (uncredited)
Virginia Verrill ... Nightclub Singer (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred E. Green 
Writing credits
Ethel Pettit (based on the novel of the same name by) (as E. Pettit)

Austin Parker (adaptation)

Produced by
Samuel Bischoff .... producer (uncredited)
Raymond Griffith .... supervising producer (uncredited)
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
W. Franke Harling (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller (photography)
Film Editing by
George Marks (edited by)
Art Direction by
Jack Okey 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns) (uncredited)
Sound Department
Everett Alton Brown .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Ellis .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ellsworth Fredericks .... assistant camera (uncredited)
William Schurr .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • First National Pictures (as a First National Vitaphone Talking Picture) (controlled by Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (present)

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71 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

The scene in this movie where George Brent lights two cigarettes and passes one to Ruth Chatterton is similar to one in 1942 movie Now Voyager which star Bette Davis who was a supporting player here. Most people incorrectly think that the idea was original to the 1942 film.See more »
Boom mic visible: When Caroline goes to Julian's apartment, about 22 min. into the film, a moving shadow of the boom microphone goes across the top of the open door as she enters.See more »
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were was the Depression in all this?, 16 March 2016
Author: blanche-2 from United States

All these rich people and no one seemed to know a Depression was on.

Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, and Bette Davis star in "The Rich Are Always With Us." from 1932.

Caroline Van Dyke (Chatterton) and Greg Grannard have been married ten years. is falling apart. It's one of those things where everyone flirts openly no matter if the spouse is standing right there or not.

Julian (Brent) is mad for Caroline, but she resists him, and, sensing Greg may be on his way out, pushes the issue. She says no and leaves for Paris, intending to file for divorce.

Julian follows her. Greg is having a hard time financially - I guess the Depression did hit him. Caroline returns to the U.S. to help -- she's filthy rich and always has been.

And so it goes, with Malbro (Davis) in love with Julian as well.

Elevated by the performances. Bette Davis is so young and fresh, she's marvelous. Brent looks very elegant in his dress clothes and plays the bachelor well. And Ruth Chatterton - I can never figure out why I love her so much. Although forty at the time, she plays a thirty-year-old, which she often did. And I think they could have helped her a little by not giving her such awful clothes. She came from a stage background and really had a way with a line. Very natural, and yet somehow manages to be sophisticated at the same time. The whole film has a level of sophistication one doesn't see today.

Okay film - see it for the performances, particularly the early Davis, who nearly walks away with the film. And check out Brent lighting two cigarettes and giving one to Chatterton - guess that preceded Now, Voyager by a few years.

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