5.6/10
175
12 user 2 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A quirky British secret service man named Major Hammond tries to discover who is using a secret weapon to steal experimental planes.

Directors: Tim Whelan, Arthur B. Woods
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Valerie Hobson
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young couple decide to marry under the condition that they agree never to disagree. That agreement is soon put to the test when the husband finds himself attracted to a beautiful young woman.

Director: Cyril Gardner
Stars: Gloria Swanson, Laurence Olivier, John Halliday
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

British Army captain Geoff Roberts carries on an affair with Alva, the wife of the cruel Victor Sangrito. Sangrito, however, is well aware of the affair, as he uses his beautiful wife to ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Schertzinger
Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Lili Damita, Laurence Olivier
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Directors: Victor Hanbury, John Stafford
Stars: Gertrude Lawrence, Laurence Olivier, Jill Esmond
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A young Russian girl is forced into a life of prostitution in Czarist Russia, and she and a British journalist find their lives endangered when she reveals to him information regarding the ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Elissa Landi, Lionel Barrymore, Laurence Olivier
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

During the First World War, the Russian officer Captain Ivan Ignatoff falls in love with his nurse, Natasha Kovrin. But she is subject to an upcoming marriage of family convenience to ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Asquith
Stars: Harry Baur, Penelope Dudley-Ward, Laurence Olivier
Drama | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A duke usurps his brother's land and power, banishing him and his retinue into the forest of Arden. The banished duke's daughter, Rosalind, remains with her cousin Celia. She has fallen in ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Czinner
Stars: Elisabeth Bergner, Laurence Olivier, Sophie Stewart
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Divorce lawyer Everard Logan thinks the woman who spent the night in his hotel room is the erring wife of his new client.

Director: Tim Whelan
Stars: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, Binnie Barnes
Adventure | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Queen Elizabeth is running this show. The men in her court should be thinking about how to add to the glory of the Elizabethan Age and how to foil those pesky Spanish who got far too much ... See full summary »

Director: William K. Howard
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Flora Robson, Vivien Leigh
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Maurice Elvey
Stars: Nora Swinburne, Laurence Olivier, Norman McKinnel
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Archie Rice, an old-time British music hall performer sinking into final defeat, schemes to stay in show business.

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Brenda de Banzie, Roger Livesey
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Gustav Ucicky
Stars: Lilian Harvey, Laurence Olivier, Athole Stewart
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Mrs. Truesdale
...
...
Henrietta
Irene Purcell ...
Baroness Diane von Stael
Emmett King ...
Mr. Henry Ottendorf
Florence Roberts ...
Mrs. Ottendorf
...
Lady Caverly
...
Count Felipe DeLatorie
...
...
Elmer's Wife
...
Elmer
...
Otto Hoopengarner - the Dutchman
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

27 May 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Divorcio por amor  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Bonita Granville. See more »

Quotes

Olivia: Oh, please, Nick! Can't you make that China boy stop?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Complete Citizen Kane (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

What'll I Do?
(uncredited)
Music by Irving Berlin
Duet played by Laurence Olivier and Ann Harding on the piano
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A dashing Olivier in an early film about love and art
21 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This "drama" comes across more as a comedy of manners since a) most of the story concerns the romance between two characters and b) I believe the intent was to focus on the dialogue, especially between those two characters. Released in 1932, "Westward Passage" came not long after the advent of talkies, and I think studios were still learning about the capabilities of scripts not limited by title cards.

Since this film is only 73 minutes in length, the transition between scenes and the passage of time are rather choppy, short-changing what might have been a more interesting story if it were developed more.

The primary characters are Olivia Allen (Ann Harding) and Nick Allen (Laurence Olivier), who we first meet as giggly newlyweds arriving at the inn of Mrs. Truesdale (Zasu Pitts).

Suddenly the newlyweds are dullyweds, living in a cramped flat, dealing with the realities of life. Nick, a writer, feels inhibited by his lifestyle and harangued by his editor, who wants him to add a happy ending to his manuscript. What does this portend for our lovebirds, we might wonder? Suddenly, baby makes three and Nick is thrust into the tedious responsibilities of fatherhood. Ill feelings ensue.

The center of the conflict is Nick's preoccupation with the idea that an artist must live a solitary life to create real art, unhampered by the quotidian aspects of life. At the same time, the Allens love each other. It seems love and art are incompatible.

Nick loses Olivia, then tries to woo her back, quoting "Paradise Lost" and singing "What'll I do". Olivia displays a resolution to always be proper, but her love for Nick--that literary bad boy--is undeniable and, like love sometimes is, unfathomable.

If you are wondering "What'll they do?" and "will paradise be regained?" you will have to watch this film that is very representative of its time, even if it could be much smoother. The dialogue contains some clever lines, but not enough to earn this film high marks.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?