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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eugene 'Gene' Fairchild
Dan McCall
Mrs. Olga Goodyear
Clayton - Defense Attorney
Aunt Bettina
Grandpa Wyatt
Mrs. Casserly
Wyatt Furness
Foxall - Prosecuting Attorney (as Ed Van Sloan)
Stuart Wyatt (as Gordon Elliott)
Frederick Vogeding ...
Nels Erickson (as Fred Vogeding)


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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16 February 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mulher de Vermelho  »

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I Only Have Eyes for You
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Gene Raymond
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1935, and the class system thrives
2 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

Barbara Stanwyck is "The Woman in Red" in this 1935 film also starring Gene Raymond, Genevieve Tobin, and John Eldredge.

Stanwyck plays Shelby Barrett, who rides horses in shows for the wealthy Mrs. Nicholas (Genevieve Tobin). In this capacity, she meets Johnny Wyatt (Raymond), who also rides for Mrs. Nicholas, though he comes from an old money family. However, they've fallen on hard times. Mrs. Nicholas aka Nicko is sweet on him. But Johnny only has eyes for Shelby, and the two marry. Shelby leaves the employ of the bitter Mrs. Nicholas.

When they meet Johnny's family on Long Island, Shelby is not welcomed by them, and when Johnny and Shelby decide to go into business for themselves working with other people's horses, they really become aggravated. When they're short money, Shelby borrows from a wealthy friend, Fairchild (Eldredge) but doesn't want Johnny to know. This leads to complications when Nicko spreads gossip and Fairchild asks for an innocent favor himself that turns deadly. This puts Shelby in an untenable position.

Stanwyck is lovely and a very strong actress, and I agree with one poster here who says she makes it work, as would have Bette Davis or another leading lady with some backbone. The film is somewhat boring, in part thanks to the bland Gene Raymond, and nothing really happens until the end of the film.

Nevertheless, Stanwyck is always worth it.

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