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The Rich Are Always with Us (1932)

TV-G | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 21 May 1932 (USA)
A socialite gets a divorce but can't keep out of her ex-husband's life.

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Ethel Pettit (based on the novel of the same name by) (as E. Pettit), Austin Parker (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ruth Chatterton ... Caroline Grannard
George Brent ... Julian Tierney
Bette Davis ... Malbro
John Miljan ... Greg Grannard
Adrienne Dore ... Allison Adair
John Wray ... Clark Davis
Robert Warwick ... The Doctor
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... Dante
Virginia Hammond ... Flo
Berton Churchill ... Judge Bradshaw (as Burton Churchill)
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Storyline

The ten year marriage of of Caroline Van Dyke and Greg Grannard is falling apart. A young woman, Allison, plots to become his second wife. Caroline's friend, novelist Julian, has long loved her and now sees his chance, but she refuses him and goes to Paris to file for divorce. Julian follows but on hearing that Greg has fallen on financial hardship Caroline returns to help him. Greg tells Caroline that his now-wife Allison is pregnant and Caroline realizes that she loves Julian and to travel to China with him and be married. Allison and Greg have a bitter row in the car, which then smashes into a tree killing Allison and injuring Greg. Caroline tells Julian she will stay with Greg until he is well, but marries Julian in the hospital with a promise to join him as soon as she can. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Taglines:

Sumptuous portrayal of sensuous society in the perfumed fragrance of Park Avenue and Paris boudoirs. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

21 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En natt i kärlek See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The scene in this movie where George Brent lights two cigarettes and passes one to Ruth Chatterton is similar to one in 1942 movie Now Voyager which star Bette Davis who was a supporting player here. Most people incorrectly think that the idea was original to the 1942 film. See more »

Goofs

When Caroline goes to Julian's apartment, about 22 min. into the film, a moving shadow of the boom microphone goes across the top of the open door as she enters. See more »

Quotes

Julian Tierney: I realize I could kiss you into needing me. But, I'm not going to do it.
Caroline Grannard: Julian! Please, please kiss me into needing you.
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Crazy Credits

Card at beginning:

1900

after a few minutes... 1920. then... 1930... See more »

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Soundtracks

Shine On, Harvest Moon
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by Nora Bayes
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A merry marital mixup, sort of
24 August 2018 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

Based on a contemporary novel, and adapted pretty well, this literate comedy-drama has rich Manhattanites generally marrying people they don't love and not marrying people they do. John Miljan and Ruth Chatterton, the richest woman in the world, have a teetering-on-collapse ten-year union complicated by a) Ruth flirting rather aggressively with a besotted George Brent, b) fellow heiress (one line of dialog suggests they're sisters, then that's dropped) Bette Davis lusting after George, c) Ruth not sure whether she loves George or not, and d) John canoodling with, and eventually divorcing Ruth to marry, Adrienne Dore. Post-divorce, Ruth still feels responsibility toward John, complicating her romance with George. You'll be pleased to know it all ends happily, though one of these four dies--and good riddance, the movie suggests. The dialog's fairly snappy, and Alfred E. Green keeps it moving nicely. Ruth and George, married in real life for a spell just around then, seem well matched despite her being 12 years older than he. He's at his handsomest here, and she, despite highfalutin speech patterns (she's always saying "cahn't"), does a lot of acting with her body language and facial expressions. A fairly entertaining trifle, and it's fun watching Warners try to glam up the young Bette.


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