Fred and Emily Hill are leading a boring life in London. They receive a big inheritance by a rich relative and now they can realize all their dreams. They leave for a cruise behaving as rich people....but this is the beginning of the end. Richness makes they soon forget their love and family.Written by
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The title "Rich and Strange" comes from Ariel's song in "The Tempest": "Full fathom five thy father lies, / Of his bones are coral made, / Those are pearls that were his eyes: / Nothing of him that doth fade, / But doth suffer a sea-change / Into something rich and strange." See more »
In an early scene, Emily is shown using a marker to draw a caricature of herself into a photograph with Commander Gordon. The photo is shown again two more times in the movie, and each time the drawing is slightly different. See more »
Hello Fred. I think you'll like me in this dress when it's done. Oh, have you broken your umbrella?
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When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. All cuts were waived in 2000 when the film was granted a 'U' certificate for home video. See more »
An atypical project for Hitchcock, this breezy and stylish (if quite dated) comedy-drama is actually reminiscent of the films of Ernst Lubitsch though the light touch displayed here by the Master Of Suspense, unfortunately, comes off as heavy-handed on occasion (his reliance on intertitles for ironic counterpoint, for instance)! Still, Hitchcock manages a number of effective moments, notably the virtuoso opening 'rush hour' sequence and the shipwreck at the finale. The main cast consists of forgotten 'stars' but, looking at their filmography, I was surprised to discover that Henry Kendall appeared much later in the Hammer film THE SHADOW OF THE CAT (1961; which I recently watched on the big screen while in Hollywood!), Joan Barry had also featured in Hitchcock's first talkie BLACKMAIL (1929), whereas German actress Betty Amann (who plays a vamp here) was the star of Joe May's expressionist classic ASPHALT (1929; whose Region 2 DVD edition from the renowned "Masters Of Cinema" label I have just ordered!). While not the best early Hitchcock I've watched (even among the non-thrillers), for all kinds of reasons, RICH AND STRANGE survives as an interesting curiosity.
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