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Westward Passage (1932)

Passed | | Drama | 27 May 1932 (USA)
A struggling writer divorces his wife to pursue his career without interference, but they meet in Europe years later after she has remarried.

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Ann Harding ...
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Mrs. Truesdale
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Juliette Compton ...
Henrietta
Irene Purcell ...
Baroness Diane von Stael
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Mr. Henry Ottendorf
Florence Roberts ...
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Lady Caverly
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Count Felipe DeLatorie
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Florence Lake ...
Elmer's Wife
Edgar Kennedy ...
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Herman Bing ...
Otto Hoopengarner - the Dutchman
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Struggling writer Nick Allen and socialite Olivia Van Tyne marry and live frugally because Nick refuses to compromise his writing to satisfy his publisher. However, when they have an unwanted child, he does become a "hack" writer to feed the baby, little Olivia, and he resents it. Three years later, little Olivia interferes too much in his work, so he finds his own apartment and eventually divorces Olivia, who then marries gentle and kindly Harry Ottendorf. Not seeing each other for six more years, Olivia and Nick accidentally meet in Lucerne, Switzerland, while she, Harry and little Olivia are on vacation, and Nick, now a famous author, is on tour promoting his new book. When Harry has to go back to the States on business, Nick tries to rekindle Olivia's flickering love, but she repels him. Later, Olivia finds that Nick has also booked a room on the ship going home so they can take the westward passage together. Olivia is torn between her loyalty to Harry and her burgeoning love for ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Divorcio por amor  »

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Trivia

Film debut of Bonita Granville. See more »

Quotes

Olivia: I'm going in, Nick.
Nick Allen: Just take one look at the moon. I had if full tonight, especially for you.
Olivia: No, I'm very tired.
Nick Allen: This is the perfect place to be tired. Be tired in my arms.
Olivia: I want to go in, Nick.
Nick Allen: You want to go in because you're afraid I'm going to make love to you. You're quite right. I am.
Olivia: No you're not, Nick. Good night.
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Referenced in American Experience: The Battle Over Citizen Kane (1996) See more »

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What'll I Do?
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Music by Irving Berlin
Duet played by Laurence Olivier and Ann Harding on the piano
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Nice Drama
19 September 2003 | by (Santiago de Chile.) – See all my reviews



I liked this movie, in fact I like very much Ann Harding's "natural" acting style, her fresh appearance, her smile, she's a great (& forgotten) talent, and she needs to be rediscovered, as the excellent actress (& star) she was in the early thirties. Thanks to TCM, I've been able myself to "discover" her luminous presence on the silver screen, because few of her films are available on any format, on the market.

Here she plays nicely opposite a very young Laurence Olivier, and they have wonderful chemistry, as a struggling couple of newlyweds, trying to cope with their "incompatibilities", he's an aspiring writer and she tries hard to be the "devoted" wife.

Nice support from Irving Pichel as Harding's eternal suitor, Juliette Compton as Harding's sophisticated cousin,... check for Bonita Granville's first film role, as Harding & Olivier's daughter, who looks very, very pretty...she's already got plenty of talent & that "je ne sais quois" that made her a child star, later in the decade, as the brat in Goldwyn's 1936 "These Three".

A quality picture.


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