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Rafter Romance (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 1 September 1933 (USA)
A man and a woman share an apartment on a shift basis, never seeing each other; she dislikes him until they actually meet.


William A. Seiter (as William Seiter)


H.W. Hanemann (screen play), Sam Mintz (screen play) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Mary
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A man and a woman share an apartment on a shift basis, never seeing each other; she dislikes him until they actually meet.

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

1 September 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adorada Inimiga See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although the onscreen source credited to John Wells is "story," it was actually a novel published in 1932. See more »


When the bell rings indicating the day's end, all the girls immediately hang up their phones. This means they rudely hung up on a customer instead of completing the call. See more »


Eckbaum: No, not in the same bed! Never at the same time together. On that I insist! Fifteen minutes before she can come in, you gotta get out. You understand that? Even if I have to put Julius at the door to see that it happens.
Jack: A rotten outrage. I won't have any moon-faced, corn-fed, goggle-eyed spinster in my room.
Eckbaum: Oh, yes you will. You got to agree to that now.
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Remade as Living on Love (1937) See more »


(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Background music at the Chinese restaurant
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Cute Romantic Comedy Starring a very young Ginger Rogers
20 April 2008 | by HarlowMGMSee all my reviews

RAFTER ROMANCE is a delightful little comedy rescued from the legalities that kept it out of circulation for over 40 years by Turner Classic Movies (thanks folks!) starring a pre-stardom Ginger Rogers and Norman Foster. Looks to me like a ton of people may saw this little gem anyway because it has a number of bits that seem to have influenced later pictures such as a running gag about the climb up stairs in a New York apartment (used most famously in BAREFOOT IN THE PARK) and it's main theme - a couple are in love but hate their unseen roommates, completely unaware that it's each other, which was used in reverse (coworkers hate each other but fall in love with their unseen pen pals who happen to be that hated foe) in THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER and it's remake YOU'VE GOT MAIL.

This movie has many charming moments and proved Ginger with one of her first showcases for her sparkling comedy talent although the lovely star is not always photographed flatteringly. Norman Foster has for decades been best known to movie buffs as Claudette Colbert's first husband rather than for his actual film work, thanks to TCM we can now see his fairly prolific career as a leading man in the pre-code era, often cast as a weak heel or (as here) a middle-class answer to Robert Montgomery. Both stars give terrific performances and there's lovely "falling in love" moments in a canoe at the company picnic that are quite romantic. (I agree with another reviewer that the trash laden picnic tables left by Ginger' coworkers is a rather startling glance at America in it's pre anti-litterbug days.)

In the supporting cast, Laura Hope Crews stands out as artist Foster's aging benefactress who wants a more intimate relationship with her protégé. Legendary humorist Robert Benchley is also around as Ginger's boss at the "ice box" company with no so secret designs on his Ginger himself.

As another viewer comments this is one of the first films with it's characters set in the world of telemarketing and it rings true some 70 years later with it's long-winded phone sales pitches, apparently hostile and blue responses (unheard on film but clearly received judging by the employees' faces) by the receiptents of these unsolicited calls, and one of the funniest bits in the film, albeit unintentional, has Benchley urging his employees to "put a smile in your voice", a phrase most definitely still in use today when training employees for work in this and similar phone-oriented fields.

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