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The Road to Singapore (1931)

Gossip, snobbery, mistrust, divorce and a mail-order engagement dominate the lives of the British upper class living in the plantation colonies of Southeast Asia.

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Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Denise Robins (novel), Roland Pertwee (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Hugh Dawltry
Doris Kenyon ... Philippa Crosby March
Marian Marsh ... Rene March
Louis Calhern ... Dr. George March
Alison Skipworth ... Mrs. Wey-Smith
Lumsden Hare ... Mr. Wey-Smith
Tyrell Davis ... Nikki (as Tyrrell Davis)
A.E. Anson A.E. Anson ... Dr. Muir
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Storyline

A snobbish doctor in the tropics sends for a former nurse associate from England to marry him. But he is a changed man. He seeks fame through medicine and neglects his wife for his work. A returning plantation owner with a sullied reputation lures the woman away from her husband. Written by SimonJack

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Convenções Humanas See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play on which the novel and this movie was based opened in Cardiff, UK on 7 October 1929. See more »

Quotes

Philippa Crosby March: George, I have my new shoes on.
Dr. George March: Oh, did I step all over them?
Philippa Crosby March: Well, there may be one tiny spot you missed.
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Hand In Hand
(uncredited)
Written by James V. Monaco, Edgar Leslie and Ned Washington
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Jungle drums can really get to you!
7 November 2004 | by LopopolobooksSee all my reviews

Loved watching this really dated film...William Powell in 1931 had already perfected his suave, self-assured persona on screen, and in this filmed play, he presents the wonderful self-assured and beautifully dressed image he gave us later in Manhattan Melodrama and The Thin Man series he's so well remembered for. Louis Calhern is the weak, career obsessed doctor who marries Doris Kenyon, a former nurse It's interesting to watch the young Calhern play the emotional, naive, career obsessed, wife-neglecting doctor, because we always knew him as an older actor, dignified and mustached in the 40's and 50's. Powell steals the movie as the hard drinking seducer of other men's wives, which of course, includes the doctor's bored bride. What's fun is how the film depicts the hot and humid tropics, complete with incessant jungle drums, as a place where passion can overheat the idle rich and cause near-tragic troubles for all. Doris Kenyon, whom almost no one remembers today, but may be best known for her role with Rudolph Valentino in the silent, Monsieur Beaucaire, holds her own, was 34 in this film and is quite the blonde beauty though one of her gowns, a black and white number, comes off as almost comical today. See this one for Powell, for the way he dresses and comports himself, and for those incessant drums.


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