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Rendezvous (1935)

Not Rated | | Comedy, War | 25 October 1935 (USA)
In 1917 Lt. Bill Gordon is headed for France when he meets and becomes friendly with Joel Carter, niece of the Asst. Secretary of War. Finding out that he is an expert on codes, she gets ... See full summary »

Directors:

William K. Howard, Sam Wood (uncredited)

Writers:

Bella Spewack (adaptation), Sam Spewack (adaptation) (as Samuel Spewack) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Lieutenant Bill Gordon
Rosalind Russell ... Joel Carter
Binnie Barnes ... Olivia Kerloff
Lionel Atwill ... Major William Brennan
Cesar Romero ... Captain Nicholas Nieterstein
Samuel S. Hinds ... John Carter
Henry Stephenson ... Ambassador
Frank Reicher ... Dr. R.A. Jackson
Charley Grapewin ... Martin
Leonard Mudie ... Roberts
Howard C. Hickman ... G-Man (as Howard Hickman)
Charles Trowbridge ... Secretary of War Baker
Murray Kinnell ... de Segroff
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Storyline

In 1917 Lt. Bill Gordon is headed for France when he meets and becomes friendly with Joel Carter, niece of the Asst. Secretary of War. Finding out that he is an expert on codes, she gets her uncle to cancel Bill's orders and has him reassigned to break enemy codes. In his new assignment he becomes involved with beautiful Russian spy Olivia Karloff, who is working for the Germans, and must juggle Joel's affection and his pursuit of Karloff's connections to retrieve a stolen code book. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Bill Solves an Exciting Mystery and Wins a New Sweetheart!

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blonde Countess See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally intended to be a vehicle for William Powell and Myrna Loy, Russell was brought in as Loy was "on strike" for better pay after the huge success of The Thin Man (1934). See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene when the German U-boat is preparing to torpedo the warship, the view through the periscope has the ship moving left to right. When the torpedo strikes, the ship is moving from right to left. The torpedo explosion is on the near (port side) rather than the far (starboard) where it would have struck in the original scene. See more »

Connections

Remade as Pacific Rendezvous (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

My Buddy
(uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Played during the opening credits
Also played during the introductions at the restaurant
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Better than Our Reviewers Think
15 March 2014 | by joe-pearce-1See all my reviews

I think this film is a lot more enjoyable than did almost any of the other reviewers. They say the Russell character is annoying, and some even seem to blame it on the actress, rather than on the script, with one even claiming that she tries to steal the film from Powell. If you don't like it, blame the writer(s), but not the performers. I had never heard of this film before, had no knowledge that Russell was put into it as a Loy substitute or as a possible threat to Loy's status at MGM, yet almost the first thing that hit me about the film while watching it is what an excellent Nora Charles Rosalind Russell would have made. Up to the point of seeing this film, I had never even thought of anyone measuring up to Loy in that role, but Russell might well have done so. The character may be objectionable to some viewers, but the performance is perfect for what is being asked of her. Powell, of course, is standing on the top of Mount Everest in a role like this; nobody could ever touch him. But the whole cast is very good, most especially Binnie Barnes, who even only two years after THE PRIVATE LIFE OF HENRY VIII, has already done a marvelous job of shedding her British accent, but we're so used to her as a fairly high-comedienne that it comes as a surprise to see her here as a somewhat sympathetic-but-still-ruthless villainess, and she's really quite perfect (as she had been as Henry's last choppee!). I thought this a most enjoyable film throughout, mainly for the performances, true, but also for its lightness of touch.


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