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Westward Passage (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 27 May 1932 (USA)
A struggling writer divorces his wife to pursue his career without interference, but they meet in Europe years later after she has remarried.

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Robert Milton

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Margaret Ayer Barnes (story), Bradley King (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Harding ... Olivia
Laurence Olivier ... Nick Allen
Zasu Pitts ... Mrs. Truesdale
Irving Pichel ... Harry Ottendorf
Juliette Compton ... Henrietta
Irene Purcell ... Baroness Diane von Stael
Emmett King Emmett King ... Mr. Henry Ottendorf
Florence Roberts ... Mrs. Ottendorf
Ethel Griffies ... Lady Caverly
Don Alvarado ... Count Felipe DeLatorie
Bonita Granville ... Little Olivia Allen (age 10)
Florence Lake ... Elmer's Wife
Edgar Kennedy ... Elmer
Herman Bing ... Otto Hoopengarner - the Dutchman
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Storyline

Struggling writer Nick Allen and socialite Olivia Van Tyne marry and live frugally because Nick refuses to compromise his writing to satisfy his publisher. However, when they have an unwanted child, he does become a "hack" writer to feed the baby, little Olivia, and he resents it. Three years later, little Olivia interferes too much in his work, so he finds his own apartment and eventually divorces Olivia, who then marries gentle and kindly Harry Ottendorf. Not seeing each other for six more years, Olivia and Nick accidentally meet in Lucerne, Switzerland, while she, Harry and little Olivia are on vacation, and Nick, now a famous author, is on tour promoting his new book. When Harry has to go back to the States on business, Nick tries to rekindle Olivia's flickering love, but she repels him. Later, Olivia finds that Nick has also booked a room on the ship going home so they can take the westward passage together. Olivia is torn between her loyalty to Harry and her burgeoning love for ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

27 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Divorcio por amor See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Pathé Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Theatrical movie debut of Bonita Granville (Little Olivia Allen (age 10)). See more »

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Nick's telegram congratulating Olivia and Harry on their marriage is dated May 10 1928. Later scenes are supposed to take place six years later, despite the film having been released in 1932. See more »

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Olivia: It isn't such a very good idea to look back, is it? When its all ended.
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Referenced in The Complete Citizen Kane (1991) See more »

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My Wonderful One
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Music by Paul Whiteman and Ferde Grofé Sr.
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One Egotistical Jerk
18 April 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In the Citadel Film series book on the Films Of Laurence Olivier, Lord Olivier was not crazy about any of his movies before Wuthering Heights. But as to this film Westward Passage he was grateful to his co-star Ann Harding for being generous to a newcomer from across the pond. Maybe Ann wanted to make sure the blame went all around for this film.

Olivier came over the USA for the first time when RKO signed his then wife Jill Esmond and they found work for him as well. In this film he plays one massively egotistical struggling novelist whom you will positively hate as you see the film. He marries Ann Harding and they have a daughter who grows up in 10 years to be Bonita Granville.

Olivier embarks on a campaign to win his wife back who is now married to the earnest, but stodgy and rich Irving Pichel after Olivier literally threw her into his arms. This is after 10 years and Olivier is now a big success.

Quite frankly I found Olivier in this film to be one egotistical jerk and can't imagine why Harding isn't well glad to be rid of him. Of course I'd provide for visitation for Granville, but that's it.

Some good comedy relief is provided by Zasu Pitts playing an innkeeper. But this film is a romantic comedy that completely misfires.


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