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Stranded (1935)

Approved | | Drama , Romance | 29 June 1935 (USA)
A construction engineer with a heart of steel courts a social worker with a heart of gold, while fighting a protection racketeer that tries to derail the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Frank Wead (story "Lady with a Badge"), Ferdinand Reyher (story "Lady with a Badge") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Francis ... Lynn Palmer
George Brent ... Mack Hale
Patricia Ellis ... Velma Tuthill
Donald Woods ... John Wesley
Robert Barrat ... Stanislaus Janauschek
Barton MacLane ... Sharkey
Joseph Crehan ... Johnny Quinn
William Harrigan ... Updyke
Henry O'Neill ... Mr. Tuthill
Frankie Darro ... James 'Jimmy' Rivers
John Wray ... Mike Gibbons
Edward McWade ... Tim Powers
June Travis ... Mary Rand
Ann Shoemaker ... Mrs. Tuthill
Gavin Gordon ... Jack
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Storyline

Mack - George Brent, a construction foreman who is working on the Golden Gate Bridge, meets social worker Lynn Palmer - Kay Francis. Mack insists Lynn leave her job so they can get married but Lynn does not agree. Meanwhile, Sharkey - Barton MacLane, a racketeer, goes after Mack for protection money. When Mack refuses, Sharkey starts meddling with his construction crew. When Mack's men threaten to quit, Lynn must help him resolve his crisis.

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

14 dagars frist See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Golden Gate bridge opened in 1937. See more »

Quotes

woman in bed: Rent a hall.
Old Hag: Cheap frump.
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Soundtracks

About a Quarter to Nine
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played as dance music at the St. Regis hotel
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George Brent as Ayn Rand ...
19 August 2012 | by calvinnmeSee all my reviews

... before she was even well known! The outline makes this romantic movie sound like it could be a heavy melodrama: Mack Hale (George Brent) is a self-made construction engineer with no soft edges working on the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge - no person will get in the way of the construction of this monument. Lynn Palmer (Kay Francis) is a social worker with the Traveler's Aid Society - no monument will get in the way of her helping people. These two knew each other years ago when Lynn was 15 and renew their friendship and romance when Mack comes to the Traveler's Aid looking for one of his ace employees (Robert Barat as Stanislaus Janauschek) who has a bad habit of buying a train ticket back to Chicago to see his wife every time he gets drunk.

After the two begin dating, Mack begins to resent the fact that Lynn is constantly having their dates interrupted by this or that emergency at Traveler's Aid, and tells her that she is wasting her time trying to help people who "had their chance in life and couldn't cut it". Only when Mack is facing being ousted as construction engineer due to a protection racket that is causing trouble among his workers does he suddenly realize that no man is an island and everyone can use some help now and again. Although, like the congressman who suddenly becomes a champion of improving prison conditions after he goes to jail, his transformation seems a bit self-serving.

As in their other films, Kay and George have wonderful chemistry from the moment they are first on screen together. The film does give Kay an excuse for her gorgeous fashions and spacious apartment considering she is a social worker probably getting minor renumeration in exchange for her hard work - She has an independent income and is free to choose how she spends her time.

One of the most humorous scenes in the film is when Lynn is supposed to be on a date with Mack and she has to make "a few stops" first on behalf of her job. The two end up sharing a car with four giggling immigrant brides Lynn must deliver to their grooms and an expectant mother who has been abandoned by her husband that Lynn must take to the maternity hospital, with Mack's impatient comments being hilarious.

This is one of Kay Francis' most likable roles as she deals sympathetically with all of the poor souls tossed about by the Depression, and could have been one of Brent's most unlikeable ones, but like Lynn, the audience realizes underneath all of that bluster is a good person just waiting to get out. I highly recommend this little programmer for fans of films of the 1930's.


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