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Riffraff (1936)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 3 January 1936 (USA)
Fisherman Dutch marries cannery worker Hattie. He quits his poorly paid job to concentrate on getting better working conditions as union leader. Unfortunately, the union members disagree ... See full summary »

Director:

J. Walter Ruben

Writers:

Frances Marion (screen play), H.W. Hanemann (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Harlow ... Hattie Muller
Spencer Tracy ... Dutch Muller
Una Merkel ... Lil
Joseph Calleia ... Nick Lewis
Victor Kilian Victor Kilian ... 'Flytrap'
Mickey Rooney ... Jimmy
J. Farrell MacDonald ... 'Brains' McCall
Roger Imhof Roger Imhof ... 'Pops'
Juanita Quigley ... Rosie
Paul Hurst ... Belcher
Vince Barnett ... Lew
Dorothy Appleby ... Gertie
Judith Wood ... Mabel
Arthur Housman ... 'Ratsy'
Wade Boteler ... Bert
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Storyline

Fisherman Dutch marries cannery worker Hattie. He quits his poorly paid job to concentrate on getting better working conditions as union leader. Unfortunately, the union members disagree with Dutch's ideas and kick him out. Without a job or union card to get another he leaves Hattie to look for work. Hattiee steals money to help him when she learns he is really down on his luck and she goes to jail. He gets a new job, foils a plot to dynamite the ship, and promises to wait for Hattie. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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When a red-headed woman meets a red-headed man!

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flor de arrabal See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

News items and production charts included Lee Phelps (Sailor), Nick Thompson (Ptomaine Tony), Paul Porcasi and Dorothy Gray in the cast, but these actors were not seen in the viewed print. See more »

Goofs

During the prison escape when Harlow and friend hop into the getaway car, the seat backs are already wet before the two drenched escapees get into the auto. Obviously this was a second or third take of this scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lil: Stinko again!
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Soundtracks

You Are My Lucky Star
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played and sung by a chorus at the July 4 celebration party
Sung a cappella by Jean Harlow in prison
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not very good
31 March 2004 | by kyle_furrSee all my reviews

The main problem i had with the film is the screenplay. It was just badly written and you didn't believe a lot of the things the characters did. The plot really doesn't come together like it should and the movie is just pretty bad. It stars out with Spencer Tracy talking some workers out of a strike that would of hurt them and he also p***es off his boss. Both Tracy and the boss are interested in Jean Harlow but Harlow only goes with the boss because, i just forget and who really cares anyway. Mickey Rooney is also in here and Spencer Tracy is a great actor but he's only OK in here. Jean Harlow does a pretty good job and you should watch Libeled Lady instead.


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