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

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Drama

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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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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Heads really roll in this steamy potboiler
15 November 2004 | by goblinhairedguySee all my reviews

Although it's seldom discussed, one of the staple genres that classic Hollywood tackled best was the jungle-set melodrama. It gave studio technicians an opportunity to experiment with oppressive artificial sets, eerie sounds effects and expressionist lighting. Those Venetian-blind shadow patterns so characteristic of film noir were preceded by just as many painterly images lit through louvered windows and bamboo curtains. And the exotic backgrounds allowed jaded screenwriters to attain a delirious level of moral turpitude, betrayal, sadistic violence and erotic obsessiveness, not to mention downright racism. White Woman may not quite rank with the finest wallows in the white man's grave (Red Dust, Tropic Zone, the absolutely jaw-dropping Kongo), but it certainly concocts a heady stew of cruelty, masochism and lasciviousness. This is thanks to a dense script by some old reliables, and by another ingenious portrayal by Laughton (much more subdued than in the similarly-set masterpieces, the Beachcomber and Island of Lost Souls, but wilier and more self-deluding.) Lombard was still stuck in her earnest, victimized stage before she hit her stride as a comedienne, but her brittle blonde presence and flustered pretensions are a fine fit here. Charles Bickford kicks the plot into overdrive as a Gable-like he-man who won't brook Laughton's guff. They're a perfect match for each other playing a doomed hand of poker while their gruesome fate awaits them at the hands of the natives they've crossed. Thankfully, the filmmakers avoid the moralising and let the viewer stoically sink into the morass along with them.


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