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Riffraff (1936)

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

Certificate:

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A charge of negligence was brought against MGM by the California State Industrial Welfare Committee on behalf of the 40 female extras who were drenched in the prison rainstorm sequence. It contended that women who lost work because of illness after that sequence should be compensated. Each of the extras received an extra $15 as an initial compensation. 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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Featured in Red Hollywood (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

It Ain't Gonna Rain No More
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Written by Wendell Hall
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Depends
24 August 2018 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

How much you like "Riffraff" depends on whether you're a fan of Jean Harlow or Spencer Tracy. Fans of Jean Harlow will find a lot to like. For fans of Tracy, not so much. Harlow is cute and sexy in her playful innocent way, while Spencer Tracy is strident and overbearing as the union organizer of a fishing fleet. His onscreen persona was not yet solidified and here he strikes a discordant note with his dogmatic portrayal of Dutch Muller, a man who is never wrong. He marries dock denizen Harlow in a wedding that misfires - due mainly to Tracy's intransigence.

It is not really a good story and at times is a chore to watch. A bright spot is Joseph Calleia, the boss and owner of the fishing fleet. He speaks with an Italian accent and is very funny as he mangles the English language. Good cast support from Mickey Rooney, Una Merkel and J.Farrell MacDonald among others. Outside of the good cast it is a potboiler with minimal interest. It plays like a B picture.

5/10 - Website no longer displays my star rating.


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