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13 June 1932 (UK) See more »
Believing that an unexpected inheritance will bring them happiness, a married couple instead finds their relationship strained to the breaking point. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Henry Kendall ... Fred Hill

Joan Barry ... Emily Hill

Percy Marmont ... Commander Gordon

Betty Amann ... The Princess

Elsie Randolph ... The Old Maid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Aubrey Dexter ... Colonel (uncredited)

Hannah Jones ... Mrs. Porter (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dale Collins  novel
Alfred Hitchcock  adaptation
Alma Reville 
Val Valentine 

Produced by
John Maxwell .... producer
Original Music by
Adolph Hallis  (as Hal Dolphe)
Cinematography by
Jack E. Cox  (as John Cox)
Charles Martin 
Film Editing by
Winifred Cooper 
Rene Marrison 
Art Direction by
C. Wilfred Arnold 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Mills .... assistant director
Sound Department
Alec Murray .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Bryan Langley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
John Reynders .... musical director
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Rich and Strange" - UK (original title)
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UK:92 min | USA:83 min | Canada:81 min (Ontario)
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:G (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 (1995) | UK:U (2000) | UK:A (1931) (cut) | USA:Not Rated
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The film has many silent film features such as scene captions, exaggerated acting styles and heavy makeup.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the Princess made her final exit, Fred and Emily kept chasing away the man who came to clean the room. At the end of the scene, the man was standing in the doorway saying something, but cannot be heard because the audio was removed.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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28 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
A strange movie., 10 July 2001

RICH AND STRANGE is certainly nothing like stereotypical Hitchcock. Even early movies like The Lodger -- which was some five years older than this one -- contained some sort of crime or mystery. Even his comedies -- The Trouble With Harry, for example -- revolved around murder and mayhem. But not this movie.

It's old and it's a comedy, but its title really says it all. Rich and very, very strange. Hitchcock's sense of humor is very plain here, and there are several laugh-out-loud scenes (when Fred Hill tries to set his watch, and later when he tries to get into bed, for example). But as the movie goes on, they become less frequent.

The action stops focusing on the comedic aspect of this young couple's acquiring a great sum of money and spending it on a world cruise. Instead it focuses on the serious aspects of their dual extra-marital affairs on the ship, and later their actions when it wrecks and sinks.

And once there, the movie is hardly comedic at all. Hitchcock's darker side comes out when a sailer drowns while his comrades watch on in fascination, and the scene with the rescued black cat is especially disturbing.

So what to say about Rich and Strange? The acting is fine, Hitchcock's directing is up to par (especially with the silent opening scenes), and the plot is engaging. But the movie goes from screwball hilarity to morbid survival, and then ends where it began so abruptly that the viewer is left wondering when he or she dozed off and missed the last half of the movie.

It's not stereotypical Hitchcock at all, but by no means does this make it a bad movie. The film is quite good but hard to stomach on account that it is so bizarre.


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