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Riptide (1934)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  30 March 1934 (USA)
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Park Avenue socialite Mary (Norma Shearer) and staid English nobleman, Lord Phillip Rexford (Herbert Marshall) are married as a lark, but she is very happy for several years with her ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Mary
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Tommie
Herbert Marshall ...
Lord Rexford
Mrs. Patrick Campbell ...
Aunt Hetty
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ...
Erskine (as Skeets Gallagher)
Ralph Forbes ...
Fenwick
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Sylvia
Arthur Jarrett ...
Percy
Earl Oxford ...
Freddie
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Celeste
George K. Arthur ...
Bertie
Marilyn Spinner ...
Pamela (as Baby Marilyn Spinner)
Phyllis Coghlan ...
Nurse (as Phillis Coghlan)
Howard Chaldecott ...
Ransome
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Bollard
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Park Avenue socialite Mary (Norma Shearer) and staid English nobleman, Lord Phillip Rexford (Herbert Marshall) are married as a lark, but she is very happy for several years with her husband and child. But on a trip to the Riviera she meets again an old flame, Tommie Treal (Robert Montgomery), and under the spell of the sea breezes and the Mediterranean moon (a semi-excuse for adultery to keep Queen Norma's image clean, as this was a post-Production Code film), Mary is the "innocent" victim of a romantic escapade that makes the headlines and the scandal sheets. None of Mary's explanations can soothe Lord Phillip, reaping the fallout of marrying "down", and his cold indifference drives Mary, who fights against it (a minor and feeble struggle at best), closer to Tommie. As the two lovers surrender to their ardor, Lord R. learns from his secretary that Mary had been telling the truth, and he calls for her to join him in Cannes with a clean slate. O.K, but as Chief Sky Eagle told John ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Romance

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$500,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Snow was trucked in from the Sierra Mountains for use in the Alpine scene. See more »

Goofs

After Mary kisses Pamela for daddy, the book laying on the bed disappears in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Tommie Trent: All I needed was that girl.
Erskine: Listen, you can write her off your next year's income tax as an unavoidable loss.
Tommie Trent: She trembled! She fluttered!
Erskine: I know. But she'll flutter just as well tomorrow.
Tommie Trent: Oh, no, she won't; not her. She's got 'conscience' written all over her face. At this moment, she is cooling off - like some beautiful volcano that has decided not to wipe out a lot of Italian villages.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Party (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Riptide
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Written in connection with this movie
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Norma is a precious jewel
7 September 1999 | by (New Orleans) – See all my reviews

Norma Shearer's emotional range and charm is always a delight. Her costumes in shiny silk charmeuse and deep dark velvet translate so well in vintage black and white, and the topic of a woman's "decency" in the 30's and small minds is dramatic and poignant. I love this decade of movies for the history and social culture they often evoke.


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