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Stranded (1935)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  29 June 1935 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lynn Palmer
George Brent ...
Mack Hale
Patricia Ellis ...
Velma Tuthill
Donald Woods ...
John Wesley
Robert Barrat ...
Stanislaus Janauschek
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Sharkey
Joseph Crehan ...
Johnny Quinn
William Harrigan ...
Updyke
Henry O'Neill ...
Mr. Tuthill
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James 'Jimmy' Rivers
John Wray ...
Mike Gibbons
Edward McWade ...
Tim Powers
June Travis ...
Mary Rand
Ann Shoemaker ...
Mrs. Tuthill
Gavin Gordon ...
Jack
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A bizarre item connected with this film is that a night shot of a cityscape including a movie marquee advertising "Kay Francis in Stranded" has turned up on public transportation upholstery in the Czech Republic - the fabric has the image backwards, but the marquee is still readable. Makes a nice movie buff bus commute. See more »

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Lynn Palmer: You know what you are? You're a man with his shirt off!
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About a Quarter to Nine
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Music by Harry Warren
Played as dance music at the St. Regis hotel
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George Brent as Ayn Rand ...
19 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

... before she was even well known! The outline makes this romantic movie sound like it could be a heavy melodrama: Mack Hale (George Brent) is a self-made construction engineer with no soft edges working on the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge - no person will get in the way of the construction of this monument. Lynn Palmer (Kay Francis) is a social worker with the Traveler's Aid Society - no monument will get in the way of her helping people. These two knew each other years ago when Lynn was 15 and renew their friendship and romance when Mack comes to the Traveler's Aid looking for one of his ace employees (Robert Barat as Stanislaus Janauschek) who has a bad habit of buying a train ticket back to Chicago to see his wife every time he gets drunk.

After the two begin dating, Mack begins to resent the fact that Lynn is constantly having their dates interrupted by this or that emergency at Traveler's Aid, and tells her that she is wasting her time trying to help people who "had their chance in life and couldn't cut it". Only when Mack is facing being ousted as construction engineer due to a protection racket that is causing trouble among his workers does he suddenly realize that no man is an island and everyone can use some help now and again. Although, like the congressman who suddenly becomes a champion of improving prison conditions after he goes to jail, his transformation seems a bit self-serving.

As in their other films, Kay and George have wonderful chemistry from the moment they are first on screen together. The film does give Kay an excuse for her gorgeous fashions and spacious apartment considering she is a social worker probably getting minor renumeration in exchange for her hard work - She has an independent income and is free to choose how she spends her time.

One of the most humorous scenes in the film is when Lynn is supposed to be on a date with Mack and she has to make "a few stops" first on behalf of her job. The two end up sharing a car with four giggling immigrant brides Lynn must deliver to their grooms and an expectant mother who has been abandoned by her husband that Lynn must take to the maternity hospital, with Mack's impatient comments being hilarious.

This is one of Kay Francis' most likable roles as she deals sympathetically with all of the poor souls tossed about by the Depression, and could have been one of Brent's most unlikeable ones, but like Lynn, the audience realizes underneath all of that bluster is a good person just waiting to get out. I highly recommend this little programmer for fans of films of the 1930's.


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