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Riptide (1934)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 30 March 1934 (USA)
Park Avenue party-girl Mary (Norma Shearer) and staid English nobleman, Lord Phillip Rexford (Herbert Marshall) are married on a lark, they live happily in London. He must travel to America... See full summary »

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Edmund Goulding

Writer:

Edmund Goulding
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Norma Shearer ... Mary
Robert Montgomery ... Tommie
Herbert Marshall ... Lord Rexford
Mrs. Patrick Campbell ... Aunt Hetty
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Erskine (as Skeets Gallagher)
Ralph Forbes ... Fenwick
Lilyan Tashman ... Sylvia
Arthur Jarrett ... Percy
Earl Oxford Earl Oxford ... Freddie
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Celeste
George K. Arthur ... Bertie
Marilyn Spinner Marilyn Spinner ... Pamela (as Baby Marilyn Spinner)
Phyllis Coghlan Phyllis Coghlan ... Nurse (as Phillis Coghlan)
Howard Chaldecott Howard Chaldecott ... Ransome
Halliwell Hobbes ... Bollard
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Storyline

Park Avenue party-girl Mary (Norma Shearer) and staid English nobleman, Lord Phillip Rexford (Herbert Marshall) are married on a lark, they live happily in London. He must travel to America on business leaving her home alone. Lord Rexford's aunt invites Mary on a trip to the Riviera where she runs into an old flame, Tommie Treal (Robert Montgomery). Under the spell of the sea breezes and the Mediterranean moon (a semi-excuse for adultery to keep Queen Norma's image clean, as this was a post-Production Code film), Mary is the "innocent" victim of a romantic escapade that makes headlines as well as the scandal sheets. None of Mary's explanations can soothe Lord Phillip, his cold indifference drives Mary, who fights against it (a minor and feeble struggle at best), closer to Tommie. As the two lovers surrender to their ardor, Lord R. learns from his lawyer that Mary had been telling the truth, and he calls for her to join him in Cannes with a clean slate. O.K, but as Chief White Eagle ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

"When a Woman Loves!"

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die nackte Wahrheit See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Snow was trucked in from the Sierra Mountains for use in the Alpine scene. See more »

Goofs

The length and styling of Norma Shearer's hair repeatedly changes from scene to scene and from one sequence to another. See more »

Quotes

Tommie Trent: All I needed was that girl.
Erskine: Listen, you can write her off your next year's income tax as an unavoidable loss.
Tommie Trent: She trembled! She fluttered!
Erskine: I know. But she'll flutter just as well tomorrow.
Tommie Trent: Oh, no, she won't; not her. She's got 'conscience' written all over her face. At this moment, she is cooling off - like some beautiful volcano that has decided not to wipe out a lot of Italian villages.
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Featured in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Riptide
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Written in connection with this movie
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Not so old fashioned as you think...
13 August 2010 | by kikitekaSee all my reviews

One of the things I find interesting in these comments are how many people insist that this is a terribly old fashioned story that couldn't be made today. Really? Because while watching this all I could think was that if movies could be said to have a family tree, then I think the movie The Kids Are All Right, which has been praised to the skies for being such a "modern" story, shares plenty of DNA with Riptide. There is a theory that there are really only 36 plots, and every story is just different variations on those 36. I think the key when watching these movies is asking yourself, what is the basic bare bones plot of this story? Can this story be told now and is someone telling it? The answer is almost always yes. It's fun to realize the progression.

There were a couple of really great scenes in this. The bug costume scene in the beginning(that was a seriously skimpy spider costume!) and the scene where she gets drunk with Trent and jumps into the pool. I did wish the film would have followed up a bit more with her husband's secretary, who was clearly in love with her. They just showed him mooning over her the whole movie, but never went anywhere with that. It seemed a bit random. I think if you're not going to do anything significant with something like that, don't include it in the movie.


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