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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
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ...
Erskine (as Skeets Gallagher)
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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 ...
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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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$500,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Z. Leonard replaced Edmund Goulding as director for the last two-and-a-half weeks of filming. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Aunt Hetty: Oh, oh! Oh, I've got a pain.
Bertie: It's the lobster.
Aunt Hetty: Not at all! It's not in my tummy, it's in my heart! It's because you're so cruel to me, Bertie!
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Referenced in Hollywood Party (1934) See more »

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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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Settling Down with Norma Shearer
23 May 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

New York socialite Norma Shearer (as Mary) clicks with English Lord Herbert Marshall (as Philip) after they shed the weird costumes donned for a "World of the Future" ball. Though "entirely different people," they fall in love. After five years of wedded bliss, Mr. Marshall is called away on a business trip. Lonely in London, Ms. Shearer succumbs to her old ways, and goes out partying with dotty Stella Patrick Campbell (as Aunt Hetty) and prissy secretary George K. Arthur (as Bertie). In Cannes, Shearer meets boozing Robert Montgomery (Tommie), who once pursued her. A misunderstanding leads husband Marshall to believe Shearer slept with Montgomery, and divorce talk follows. Dejected, Shearer is comforted by Montgomery…

As it was released before July 1934, when the Motion Picture Association of America decided to enforce its Production Code regarding appropriate cinematic behavior, "Riptide" was able to show an adulterous woman in a fairly positive light. "The kind of girl who didn't stop at a kiss," as Marshall describes Shearer's character, was successfully replaced by a more ladylike Shearer, after this film. That it's well-produced (by MGM) and "pre-code" doesn't mean "Riptide" is excellent. The story is as silly today as it must have been upon release (when everything was still "pre-code"). Shearer and Montgomery perform well together, but Ms. Campbell (billed as "Mrs. Patrick Campbell") and the rest of the cast are more of a treat.

***** Riptide (3/30/34) Edmund Goulding ~ Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Stella Patrick Campbell, Herbert Marshall


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