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Riptide (1934)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 30 March 1934 (USA)
Park Avenue party-girl Mary (Norma Shearer) and staid English nobleman, Lord Phillip Rexford (Herbert Marshall) are married on a lark, they live happily in London. He must travel to America... See full summary »

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Aunt Hetty
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Erskine (as Skeets Gallagher)
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Fenwick
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Sylvia
Arthur Jarrett ...
Percy
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Freddie
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Celeste
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Bertie
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Pamela (as Baby Marilyn Spinner)
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Nurse (as Phillis Coghlan)
Howard Chaldecott ...
Ransome
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Bollard
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Park Avenue party-girl Mary (Norma Shearer) and staid English nobleman, Lord Phillip Rexford (Herbert Marshall) are married on a lark, they live happily in London. He must travel to America on business leaving her home alone. Lord Rexford's aunt invites Mary on a trip to the Riviera where she runs into an old flame, Tommie Treal (Robert Montgomery). 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 headlines as well as the scandal sheets. None of Mary's explanations can soothe Lord Phillip, 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 lawyer 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 White Eagle ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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"When a Woman Loves!"

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Drama | Romance

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Passed
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30 March 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Csókkal kezdődik  »

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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

The length and styling of Norma Shearer's hair repeatedly changes from scene to scene and from one sequence to another. See more »

Quotes

Mary: Slap me in the face, shout, knock me down, but, don't keep this up. I was wrong, I know it. But, I'm in tact if that means anything to you.
Lord Rexford: You make it sound quite remarkable.
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Featured in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

We're Together Again
(1933) (uncredited)
Composed by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played as part of the score throughout
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Not so old fashioned as you think...
13 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the things I find interesting in these comments are how many people insist that this is a terribly old fashioned story that couldn't be made today. Really? Because while watching this all I could think was that if movies could be said to have a family tree, then I think the movie The Kids Are All Right, which has been praised to the skies for being such a "modern" story, shares plenty of DNA with Riptide. There is a theory that there are really only 36 plots, and every story is just different variations on those 36. I think the key when watching these movies is asking yourself, what is the basic bare bones plot of this story? Can this story be told now and is someone telling it? The answer is almost always yes. It's fun to realize the progression.

There were a couple of really great scenes in this. The bug costume scene in the beginning(that was a seriously skimpy spider costume!) and the scene where she gets drunk with Trent and jumps into the pool. I did wish the film would have followed up a bit more with her husband's secretary, who was clearly in love with her. They just showed him mooning over her the whole movie, but never went anywhere with that. It seemed a bit random. I think if you're not going to do anything significant with something like that, don't include it in the movie.


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