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Trouble for Two (1936)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 22 May 1936 (USA)
The Crown Prince is to marry the Princess Brenda of Irania, but the Princess declines the arranged marriage. Relieved, Florizel heads for London, with the Colonel, where he seeks adventure ... See full summary »

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J. Walter Ruben

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Robert Louis Stevenson (based on: "The Suicide Club" by), Manuel Seff (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... Florizel
Rosalind Russell ... Miss Vandeleur
Frank Morgan ... Colonel Geraldine
Reginald Owen ... President of Club
Louis Hayward ... Young Man With Cream Tarts
E.E. Clive ... King
Walter Kingsford ... Malthus
Ivan F. Simpson ... Collins (as Ivan Simpson)
Tom Moore ... Major O'Rook
Robert Greig ... Fat Man
Pedro de Cordoba ... Sergei
Leyland Hodgson ... Captain Rich (as Leland Hogdson)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Virginia Weidler ... Miss Vandeleur as a Child (scenes deleted)
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The Crown Prince is to marry the Princess Brenda of Irania, but the Princess declines the arranged marriage. Relieved, Florizel heads for London, with the Colonel, where he seeks adventure and a good time. Talking with a stranger, he learns that there is a private club called the Suicide Club. Taking this to be a ruse or a trick, he joins in and sees a mysterious Lady that he has meet once before on his way to London. He will find that this club may not be a ruse and that the cold dark stare of this Lady might cost him dearly. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Suicide Club See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Both David Holt (as Florizel as a Child) and Virginia Weidler (as Miss Vandeleur as a Child) are listed in the cast in some contemporary reviews, but they did not appear in the viewed print. In fact, they do appear in the film's trailer. In all likelihood, their scenes were cut just before the official opening date as they are are credited in some of those reviews. See more »

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Col. Geraldine: I'll take my auntie's plum pudding. I can have it waxed after the dog is acquitted.
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Alternate Versions

According to the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-1940, there was a version that included Virginia Weidler and David Holt playing the two lead characters as children at the start of the film, according to contemporary reviews. But that was not in this print nor in the cutting continuity submitted for copyright. See more »

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Version of The Suicide Club (1914) See more »

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Fascinating combination of mystery, suspense, and comedy
10 February 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Trouble for Two" is a benign title that belies what an unusual film this is. Robert Montgomery plays a foreign prince who is approached by a beautiful, mysterious woman (Rosalind Russell) on board ship to London. She asks him to hold an envelope for her until they disembark, at which time she will meet him at the bottom of the gangplank. She never does. It turns out the envelope is full of blank paper. While in London, Montgomery meets Louis Hayward, who tells him and his aide (Frank Morgan) of the existence of a suicide club. The prince insists on accompanying Hayward there, over his aide's objections. There, in this exclusive club where people pay to die with another member's assistance so it looks like natural causes, he sees the mysterious lady again...

This is a very intriguing story with twists and turns that will keep the viewer interested. Montgomery and Russell did five films together and make a good team. She's quite striking-looking and somber in this. Montgomery does an excellent job as the prince, a young man who can't resist the idea of adventure and who is willing to take even foolish risks. Louis Hayward's role is small but a different one for him. He looks heavier and softer. As the actor who first portrayed The Saint, he normally was quite suave and dashing.

You have to pay attention during "Trouble for Two" - it moves fast. Based on Robert Louis Stevenson's story "The Suicide Club," the script could have been stronger, but it's a good effort and a change from the usual fare.


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