East of Shanghai (1931)
"Rich and Strange" (original title)

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Believing that an unexpected inheritance will bring them happiness, a married couple instead finds their relationship strained to the breaking point.



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Henry Kendall ...
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The Princess
Elsie Randolph ...
The Old Maid


Fred and Emily Hill are leading a boring life in London. They receive a big inheritance by a rich relative and now they can realize all their dreams. They leave for a cruise behaving as rich people....but this is the beginning of the end. Richness makes they soon forget their love and family. Written by Claudio Sandrini <pulp99@geocities.com>

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10 December 1931 (UK)  »

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The title comes from Ariel's song in "The Tempest": "Full fathom five thy father lies, / Of his bones are coral made, / Those are pearls that were his eyes: / Nothing of him that doth fade, / But doth suffer a sea-change / Into something rich and strange." See more »


The same sunset is used in different shots/days on board ship. See more »


[first lines]
Fred Hill: Hello Em.
Emily Hill: Hello Fred. I think you'll like me in this dress when it's done. Oh, have you broken your umbrella?
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'Tis I, Myself
based on The Londonderry Air
Arranged by Jack Gill and Eddie Gross-Bart
Lyrics by Max Gartman
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Curiously quirky Hitchcock
25 April 2002 | by (Tujunga, California, USA) – See all my reviews

What an unusual Hitchcock film this is! For one thing, in this film, he doesn't focus on themes of murder and suspense as he is well remembered for. Instead, he takes a satirical look at the complexities of marriage and fidelity, with rich, quirky, and even disturbing humor. (It's interesting to note that Elsie Randolph returned in another twisted Hitchcock "comedy", "Frenzy", forty years after this film.) The editing is a bit crude by today's standards, although you just have to appreciate the mix of titles and audible dialogue to represent the transition from silent films to "talkies". Still, it's a funny film you can enjoy, with numerous Hitchcock elements clearly evident. Enjoy!

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