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The Road to Singapore (1931)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 10 October 1931 (USA)
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.


Alfred E. Green


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




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


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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Love's byway - dotted by broken hearts- with memories marking the miles! (Print Ad- Calgary Daily Herald, ((Calgary, Alta.)) 17 October 1931) See more »


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


Philippa Crosby March: I came out here in search of love and happiness. I found instead, a machine. A machine of cold steel. As cold as the instruments you use to probe into the bodies of unconscious patients on operating tables. Nursing hadn't changed me from a woman. But surgery and the tropics had changed the man I came to marry. So, I turned to Hugh Dawltry for the love and affection you didn't give me.
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Singapore Tango
Music by Clyde Lucas
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"The tropics is no place for a white man -- unless he has no place else to go."
10 August 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Early talkie melodrama about a man (William Powell) whose reputation is tarnished for having an affair with a married woman. So he relocates to a tropical island. Turns out they have married women there, too. Who knew?

Powell's charismatic as usual but he can't breathe much life into this tired script. It's a clichéd story, even for the time. Not exciting or particularly interesting, at least for my tastes. Reading the other reviews here, I'm kind of blown away by the praise. I had to check my TV to make sure we're all talking about the same movie. I like William Powell as much as the next person but this is mediocre stuff.

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10 October 1931 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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