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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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Mrs. Truesdale
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Harry Ottendorf
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Henrietta
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Baroness Diane von Stael
Emmett King ...
Mr. Henry Ottendorf
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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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Film debut of Bonita Granville. See more »

Quotes

Nick Allen: Mrs. Ottendorf is my wife.
Olivia: That joke is not funny.
Nick Allen: Well, was my wife.
Count Felipe DeLatorie: Was your wife?
Olivia: A long time ago.
Nick Allen: Still is in South Carolina. South Carolina doesn't recognize divorce.
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My Wonderful One
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Music by Paul Whiteman and Ferde Grofé Sr.
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An early Laurence Olivier film, but the character he plays sinks the film.
3 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

The trouble with this film is the character played by Laurence Olivier. In the words of other characters in the movie, he is "selfish, self-centered, conceited and egotistical." I would add brash, argumentative and stubborn. In short, I hated his character, which ruined the film for me, even though without those qualities there would not have been a film. Apparently, 1932 audiences agreed with me; Olivier was persona non grata at RKO after this film lost $250,000 at the box office. Olivier went back to England and didn't make another film in America until Wuthering Heights (1939), when his talents were much more appreciated. Besides being an early film of Olivier, this film is also noted for being the film debut of Bonita Granville, then ten years old. She gives a good performance, and you can see she is a natural born actress. The always lovely Ann Harding is also worth seeing, as well as Florence Lake and Edgar Kennedy, who have a nice bit of comic relief in one short scene aboard ship.


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