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White Woman (1933)

Passed | | Drama | 10 November 1933 (USA)
A nightclub singer marries the rich owner of a rubber plantation. When she returns with him to his estate in Malaysia, she finds out that he is cruel, vicious and insanely jealous. She and ... See full summary »

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Stuart Walker

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Samuel Hoffenstein (screenplay), Gladys Lehman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carole Lombard ... Judith Denning
Charles Laughton ... Horace H. Prin
Charles Bickford ... Ballister
Kent Taylor ... David von Elst
Percy Kilbride ... Jakey
James Bell ... Hambly
Charles Middleton ... Fenton (as Charles B. Middleton)
Claude King ... C.M. Chisholm
Ethel Griffies ... Mrs. Chisholm
James Dime ... Vaegi
Marc Lawrence ... Connors
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A nightclub singer marries the rich owner of a rubber plantation. When she returns with him to his estate in Malaysia, she finds out that he is cruel, vicious and insanely jealous. She and the plantation's overseer develop a mutual attraction, but are terrified at what will happen if her husband finds out. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Plot Keywords:

rubber | racism | jealousy | africa | jungle | See All (5) »

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MEN WHO LIVE WITHOUT WOMEN! Outcasts who had not seen a white woman in ten years...until she joined their "legion of the damned" (Print Ad- Philadelphia Inquirer, ((Philadelphia, Penna.)) 5 January 1934)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bela zena See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Sponsor resistance was strong because of the pre-code aspects of the story, so its airings were few and far between. Its earliest documented telecasts took place in Milwaukee Tuesday 25 February 1960 on WITI (Channel 6) and in Johnstown 28 June 1960 on WJAC (Channel 6). It was released on DVD 9 December 2014 as part of the Universal Vault Series. See more »

Quotes

Ballister: Time you loosened up a bit. It's taken you longer than it takes most of them to give me a tumble. Come on now, Baby, chuck the high hat.
Judith Denning: Did you think I was singing for you?
Ballister: Trying to get the old man's goat, huh? What's the matter, don't he care for music?
Ballister: Quit kidding yourself, pal. You could do a lot worse in this hole than give me a tumble. I've had my eye on you ever since I stepped on this tub. Yeah, and you've known I'm here too, haven't you? Come on, now, say it. I've watched those big ...
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Soundtracks

He's a Cute Brute
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Carole Lombard (dubbed by Mona Lowe)
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WOW!
19 May 2003 | by shark-43See all my reviews

They don't make them like this anymore. A lurid jungle picture with a fallen woman (the gorgeous LOMBARD)forced to sing in an interracial cafe after her husband commits suicide. No one in the African jungle British community wants anything to do with her. The British are there tearing up the jungle for the rubber plants and building huge rubber plantations. Rumor is her husband killed himself over her cheating ways. She's miserable and salvation comes along in the guise of Charles Laughton playing Horace Prin, the "King Of The River" - he's the richest rubber plantation owner in the jungle and he likes what he sees in Lombard. They marry, she's now rich but she's nothing more than one thing he owns and she begins to realize that he is obsessively jealous and insane and cruel. Laughton is amazing. A brilliant actor (from Witness For The Prosecution, Advise & Consent, Mutiny On The Bounty) who is capable of hamming it up for the sake of ham (Island Of Lost Souls, un-released Caligula)this is the hammiest performance I've ever seen but it is also so entertaining. He has a field day destroying any worker who dares to look at his new bride. What a hoot!!!


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