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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Manon DeVargnes
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Father Antoine
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Dolly Harrison
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Alfred Z. Harrison
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Colonel Demassey
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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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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)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Leslie Fenton filled in as director for some added scenes when Jack Conway became ill. See more »

Quotes

Pierre Delaroch: Once the Orient has touched your heart, it will never beat in the West again.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014) See more »

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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Eurasian beauty in a romantic tragedy
3 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember when I was living in Vietnam, I was told that Eurasian women were the most beautiful in the World. The French-Vietnamese women that I saw were indeed exquisite. Hedy Lamarr was perfectly caste as one of these women, and her performance in this film was so romantic that one would want to see it over and over.

This fine film featured Oscar-nominated cinematography, a script by the great Ben Hecht (Wuthering Heights, Notorious, The Scoundrel, Underworld), and Robert Taylor as the leading man.

The story is as old as time and you cannot fail to be moved by the tragedy.


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