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The Woman in Red (1935)

Approved | | Drama | 16 February 1935 (USA)
A polo player's wife becomes the mystery woman in a Long Island horsy-set murder trial.

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Eugene 'Gene' Fairchild
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Dan McCall
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Mrs. Olga Goodyear
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Clayton - Defense Attorney
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Aunt Bettina
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Grandpa Wyatt
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Mrs. Casserly
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Wyatt Furness
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Foxall - Prosecuting Attorney (as Ed Van Sloan)
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Stuart Wyatt (as Gordon Elliott)
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Nels Erickson (as Fred Vogeding)
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Shelby Barrett (Barbara Stanwyck) rides show horses for wealthy widow "Nicko" Nicholas (Genevieve Tobin)and meets Johnny Wyatt (Gene Raymond), scion of a once-wealthy Long Island Family, but who now goes about the country riding polo ponies for "Nicko." Despite the efforts of "Nicko" and wealthy Gene Fairchild (John Eldredge), who is in love with Shelby, Johnny and Shelby are married. Shelby is treated frigidly by her snobby-but-broke in-laws, who frown even more when she and Johnny start handling the horses for wealthy neighbors on money Shelby had borrowed from Fairchild without telling her proud-but-broke husband. Matters aren't helped any when "Nicko" shows up and starts a gossip circuit directed against Shelby. When Johnny is away, Fairchild asks Shelby to help him entertain a wealthy client aboard his yacht. She tries to contact Johnny and fails but accepts the invitation. The customer shows up drunk with a likewise female companion, who manages to fall overboard and drown but ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The $9,000 Johnny needs to fix up his place is the equivalent to over $156,000 in 2015. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Emlen Wyatt: Johnny never takes anything seriously, running about the country, getting married here, there, and the other place.
John 'Johnny' Wyatt: Oh, come now, I only got married once.
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Referenced in Batman: The Greatest Mother of Them All (1966) See more »

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So Close to the Forest
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Music by Larry Spier
Possibly played instrumentally throughout the film
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A More Subdued Stanwyck
12 March 2017 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The movie seems right out of the class-conscious 30's. Stanwyck's Shelby is a very competent show-horse rider for wealthy woman Nicko (Tobin). But when Shelby marries Johnny (Raymond) a jealous Nicko fires her. Trouble is Johnny's wealthy but now destitute family continues their snobbish airs and duly snub Shelby. Good thing the wealthy Gene (Eldridge) puts aside his love for Shelby and comes to the newly weds aid in setting up a business. But then, there's a fateful yacht party and things come to a head.

Stanwyck finally gets to show some fire near the end. Otherwise her role is fairly subdued and not one of her more memorable. It doesn't help that Raymond comes across as pretty bland and not a good match for Stanwyck. In my book, the highlight comes when an angry Shelby drops pretenses and denounces the assembled snobs. I sense that anxious 30's audiences were right up there with her. Then too, Warner's was the studio of record for that gritty period. Nonetheless, the settings are almost all gilded upper crust, and a long way from Cagney's shabby urban slums.

All in all, the parts fail to gel into any real impact, despite the dramatic elements. I suspect much of that is due to pedestrian direction (Florey) and Raymond's rather insipid performance. The latter's certainly capable of much better as his commanding role in the riveting Plunder Road (1957) shows. Too bad something like that didn't happen here.


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