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Rendezvous (1935)

Not Rated | | Comedy, War | 25 October 1935 (USA)
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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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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 Hickman ... G-Man
Charles Trowbridge ... Secretary of War Baker
Murray Kinnell ... de Segroff
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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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A LAUGH! A THRILL! A SURPRISE! Bill Powell's new screen sweetheart gets him into his merriest most romantic mystery. (Print Ad-Arcadia Daily Tribune, ((Arcadia, Calif.)) 14 February 1936) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The studio was not happy with the ending, and taking in responses from preview audiences, ordered re-shoots a month after original filming had ended. Sam Wood took over as director and James Wong Howe as cinematographer for the re-shoots, but received no on-screen credit for their three weeks of work. See more »

Goofs

Though set in 1917, except for a few scenes of uniformed soldiers, everyone is wearing 1930s clothing. See more »

Quotes

Joel Carter: A wife's place is with her husband. When he's in Paris.
Lieutenant Bill Gordon: Ah, but I'll be up at the front.
Joel Carter: But you could come back over weekends.
Lieutenant Bill Gordon: Or we could get the Germans to come right down to Paris, then I wouldn't have to leave you at all. No, darling, you can do just as much harm here as you could in Paris.
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Connections

Remade as Pacific Rendezvous (1942) See more »

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Smiles
(uncredited)
Music by Lee S. Roberts
First tune played at the restaurant
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A little better than the remake, but not much...
31 July 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

During WWII, this film was remade as PACIFIC RENDEZVOUS---a perfectly dreadful film due to one glaringly bad performance. While RENDEZVOUS is certainly better than this remake, it, too, suffers from a glaringly bad performance.

In both films, you have almost two films within a film. The first is a rather exciting yarn about cryptography and an effort to smash a German wartime spy ring. The second involves an unnecessary plot with the leading character falling in love with a "kooky" girlfriend who always seems to be blundering into trouble. This combination of a serious spy story and a fluff piece just didn't work. It was very bad in this film--it was even worse in PACIFIC RENDEZVOUS. What made it bad here wasn't just the character, but that they did this with Rosalind Russell--a good actress who deserved so much better. Well, now that I think about it, leading man William Powell certainly deserved better as well. Think about it Powell and Russell and yet they still managed to make a mediocre film!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1935 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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