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Riffraff (1936)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  3 January 1936 (USA)
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Fisherman Dutch marries cannery worker Hattie. He quits his poorly paid job to concentrate on getting better working conditions as union leader. Unfortunately, the union members disagree ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dutch Muller
Una Merkel ...
Lil
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Nick Lewis
Victor Kilian ...
'Flytrap'
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Jimmy
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
'Brains' McCall
Roger Imhof ...
'Pops'
Juanita Quigley ...
Rosie
Paul Hurst ...
Belcher
Vince Barnett ...
Lew
Dorothy Appleby ...
Gertie
Judith Wood ...
Mabel
Arthur Housman ...
'Ratsy'
Wade Boteler ...
Bert
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Fisherman Dutch marries cannery worker Hattie. He quits his poorly paid job to concentrate on getting better working conditions as union leader. Unfortunately, the union members disagree with Dutch's ideas and kick him out. Without a job or union card to get another he leaves Hattie to look for work. Hattiee steals money to help him when she learns he is really down on his luck and she goes to jail. He gets a new job, foils a plot to dynamite the ship, and promises to wait for Hattie. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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When a red-headed woman meets a red-headed man!

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Crime | Drama

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3 January 1936 (USA)  »

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Flor de arrabal  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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"Rabbit's Foot' (uncredited)
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Okay melodrama with two classic stars
13 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Riffraff" stars Spencer Tracy in an odd role for him and the lovely Jean Harlow as his wife in a story involving the tuna fishermen set, unions, prison, hobos and the like. It's a true potboiler with Harriet (Harlow) sacrificing everything for her man, an egotistical, bombastic fellow named Rudolph Muller. He's determined to make good but his stubbornness and big mouth get in the way.

Tracy is ill-suited for this role, though at the time, he was mainly playing character roles, and this certainly is one. But the actor comes off as too smart to be playing such a dumb lug. A year later, his stock at MGM would begin to rise, and he would transition out of this type of role into leading man parts as Bogart did. Tracy is much better in the second part of the film, where he's called upon to show his emotive range, than in the first part where his character is established.

Though Harlow plays a cannery worker turned wife, she still gets to be glamorous in a couple of scenes where the big boss, Nick (Joseph Calleia) takes her out. Harlow comes off tough and streetwise enough to be right for the role, and she does it well. Actually, she seems more comfortable than Tracy. MGM at that point was trying to expand the range of this incredibly popular actress. The film was made in 1935, and of course, by 1937 she would be dead, but not before doing another -- and far superior - film with Tracy, "Libeled Lady." All in all, there's nothing special about "Riffraff" except the two stars, but Tracy and Harlow were always special, so it's worth a look.


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