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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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Witty, Naughty and Gay . . a spectacular story of how the other half lives - and loves - and lies. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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

Greg's stated income of $100,000 per year would be the equivalent of over $1,730,000 in 2016. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film when Caroline and Julian are at the restaurant, the space between them keeps changing between shots. See more »

Quotes

Caroline Grannard: Did they have to chase you very far before they caught you and put pants on you?
Julian Tierney: They had to tie me down!
Caroline Grannard: I bet it hurt.
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Crazy Credits

Card at beginning:

1900

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

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Featured in Women He's Undressed (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Shine On, Harvest Moon
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by Nora Bayes
Second tune played at the charity gambling event
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Flimsy story, worth watching for performances
25 July 2015 | by surangafSee all my reviews

There are 3 short clips at the start of this movie, set in 1900, 1920, and 1930, respectively, taking place in powder rooms where high society women gossip about Caroline Grannard, lead character, 'richest woman in the world', played by Ruth Chatterton; she is born, gets married, and lunching with writer Julian Tierney (George Brent). Interior decoration, dress, and even background music, are all period appropriate. While Warner Brothers probably had these sets and dresses and extras lying about from other movies, and whole thing cost very little, question that interest me is why all that for a simple exposition that would have taken two lines of dialogue in the movie proper? Did the director and producers wanted filler to pad up something so insubstantial that it cannot even stand on its own for 1 hour and 10 minutes? Seems so.

Plot here involve romantic and marital entanglements of rich society people, mainly on who the lead character really loves, her (soon ex) husband she 'mothers', or the writer who she keeps hanging without deciding (to the annoyance of a rather spoiled society girl (Bette Davis) who is in love with him). Nothing else, there is no higher purpose, no socio political commentary, no deep psychology, no insight into human nature and relationships, no simple enjoyable love story/villainy even. While there is no absolute requirement that movies should have some of that, absence do make them rather boring.

However, this is not boring, mainly because of the acting. Chatterton is so good that i want to see more of her movies. As others have noted, in this movie she has a way of repeating and even stammering some dialogue that is so naturalistic that i initially wondered whether they had run out of takes and used the least bad. But it happened frequently enough, and there were similar stuff with her gestures, that it was soon clear it was deliberate. She comes from a stage background, but when modern 'method actors' use similar techniques, you can spot them right away. Almost all the others were rather good too, though from a different style. Brent as usual underplays his part. Energetic Davis (3 years before her breakthrough role in 'On Human Bonadge') in that phase of career when Warner tried to make her blond, sexy, and glamorous (successfully in my opinion though she herself thought otherwise), found the right foil in Brent (with whom she was to star in quite a number of her best movies), as demonstrated by her scene with him in his apartment. John Miljan, who plays husband, and Adrienne Dore as his lover, were also good.


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