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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.

Director:

Robert Milton

Writers:

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

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USA

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Release Date:

27 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Divorcio por amor See more »

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Nick Allen: Mrs. Ottendorf is my wife.
Olivia: That joke is not funny.
Nick Allen: Well, was my wife.
Count Felipe DeLatorie: Was your wife?
Olivia: A long time ago.
Nick Allen: Still is in South Carolina. South Carolina doesn't recognize divorce.
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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.
Played as part of the score
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Ann Harding Was Charming
2 June 2006 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Very odd story about love and marriage and responsibility that does features some good acting by Ann Harding, Laurence Olivier, Zasu Pitts, Irving Pichel, Irene Purcell, and Juliette Compton, but the characters don't seem to be very bright.

I assume this was a very "smart" stage play but it just doesn't wash on screen. Harding, a big star in the early 30s, usually plays very smart, very classy women but here she's rather a dope. Olivier plays a selfish fool who keeps trying to be charming, and is! Ultimately the total unreality of the central characters overwashes the best of intentions and good acting. The divorce is not very believable, but the re-marriage is absurd.

Also co-stars Bonita Granville, Herman Bing, Ethel Griffies, Florence Roberts, Florence Lake, Edgar Kennedy, and Don Alvarado.


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