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Lady of the Tropics (1939)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 11 August 1939 (USA)
Playboy Bill Carey woos a half-caste beauty in French Indochina, but her second-class legal status makes a formidable barrier.

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Cast

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Manon DeVargnes
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Pierre Delaroch
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Nina
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Father Antoine
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Dolly Harrison
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Alfred Z. Harrison
Frederick Worlock ...
Colonel Demassey
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Lamartine
Marguerita Padula ...
Madame Kya (as Margaret Padula)
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Countess Berichi
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Storyline

A party of yachting jet-setters visit French Saigon, where they meet lovely Manon deVargnes, a second-class citizen not allowed to leave the country due to her part-Oriental ancestry. When the others leave, playboy Bill Carey stays behind to woo Manon; but all his efforts to get her out of the country with him run into a brick wall. And Pierre Delaroch, her wealthy former admirer, waits for him to give up... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Hedy Lamarr set the world aflame with her beauty in "Algiers" ! Now you see her in the arms of a dashing Bob Taylor !

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Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

11 August 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flor del trópico  »

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Budget:

$913,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films 1931-1940 tells us that this was Hedy Lamarr's LAST film under her MGM contract; actually, it was her FIRST. AFI also informs us that Mary Taylor was signed to a long term MGM contract as a result of her work in this picture; actually, she would be seen in a total of only four feature films in her entire career, and only one more of them, Blossoms in the Dust (1941) would be made at MGM. See more »

Quotes

Bill Carey: Father... Father, help us.
Father Antoine: My son, she goes where there is no east or west. And she will be judged by one who alone knows how great or how little were her sins.
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Soundtracks

Each Time You Say Goodbye (I Die A Little)
(1939)
Music by Phil Ohman
Lyrics Foster Carling
Sung by Gloria Franklin (uncredited) (dubbed by Harriet Cruise (uncredited))
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Fantastic Classic Gem
4 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hedy Lamarr, (Manon DeVargnes Carey) was so beautiful in this film and her acting was outstanding along with Robert Taylor, (William Carey). Bill Carey played the role as a playboy with plenty of money and sails to Saigon and meets Manon in a bar and the two of them fall in love with each other once they look into each other eyes. Bill does not know very much about Manon or the fact that she has a lover named Pierre Delaroch, (Joseph Schildkraut) who lives a very shady life and is up to all kinds of tricks. Pierre becomes jealous once he finds out about Manon falling in love with Bill Carey and makes contact with his friends in the government of Saigon in order not to grant her any visas to the United States or Paris, France. Manon is a lady who tells many lies and is really a very sly and tricky lady when it comes to men or anyone. There is plenty of romance in this film and extremely dramatic situations which face these two lovers. If Hedy Lamarr did not star in this film, I am sure Betty Davis would have done a great job, but never as beautiful. Enjoy.


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