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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
Gloria Franklin ...
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

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

Ai tuoi piedi son
(uncredited)
from "Manon Lescaut" (1893)
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Domenico Oliva and Luigi Illica
Performed by uncredited singers at the opera
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Contemporary retelling of the Manon Lescaut narrative.

MGM figured Robert Taylor had scored such a hit in CAMILLE, it would take another warhorse of a novel/play/opera story (Manon Lescaut) and refab it for him and co-star Hedy Lamarr. The result is glossy and sultry (Oscar nom for Cinematography), although slow moving. Lamarr is perfect as the child-like Manon, adept at lying to string men along. Schildkraut in oriental make-up does well as her mentor. The story follows the plot of Manon Lescaut with Manon giving up her courtesan life for true love only to find it impossible to survive without bread. (For those who don't get it, her character is named Manon and she and Schildkraut attend a performance of Puccini's opera of the same name). What is interesting here is the racial intolerance of the expatriate European society (it is set in Saigon and Manon is a half-caste waif). And then the world was shocked at what Hitler did!!! The film thus subtly makes a point that all white society was guilty of at least "thinking" along the Hitlerian lines. For romantic film enthusiasts. Note: Adrian's outfits for Ms. Lamarr are varied and stunning.


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