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Prestige (1931)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama | 22 January 1932 (USA)
A woman travels to a French penal colony in Indo China to be with her fiancée, the commander. She arrives to find that he is now an alcoholic.

Director:

Tay Garnett

Writers:

Harry Hervey (story), Tay Garnett (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Harding ... Therese Du Flos
Adolphe Menjou ... Capt. Remy Bandoin
Melvyn Douglas ... Capt. Andre Verlaine
Ian Maclaren Ian Maclaren ... Colonel Du Flos (as Ian MacLaren)
Guy Bates Post ... Major
Rollo Lloyd ... Capt. Emil de Fontenac
Clarence Muse ... Nham
Tetsu Komai Tetsu Komai ... Sergeant
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Storyline

A woman travels to a French penal colony in Indo China to be with her fiancée, the commander. She arrives to find that he is now an alcoholic.

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Taglines:

GLITTER OF LIFE OR GLORY OF LOVE? Only Ann Harding Could Endow Such Drama with the Jeweled Brilliance of great Art! (Print Ad- Auckland Star, ((Aukland, NZ)) 30 April 1932)

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Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prestigio See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Pathé Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ann Harding flew herself to the Sarasota, Florida, filming location so that she could log a sufficient number of hours for her pilot's license. See more »

Goofs

When Therese arrives in Saigon, she takes a short ride with Capt. Bandoin in a rickshaw. At one point, when they move into bright sunlight, a clear shadow of a crew member and the boom microphone falls across the pair - and the crew member seems to attempt to duck down. See more »

Quotes

Therese Du Flos Verlaine: [as Therese prepares to leave for French Indochina, she says goodbye to her father, the Colonel] Aren't you going to let me forget just for five minutes that I'm a soldier's daughter?
Col. Du Flos: From now on, you'll have to remember it more than ever. You're going out to marry André, but that is not enough. You'll live in a place where it is impossible to live; you'll make your home where no home can be. Have you sufficient strength for that?
Therese Du Flos Verlaine: I hope so, sir.
Col. Du Flos: I believe you have, but so has the jungle. Don't ...
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Connections

Featured in Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Delightful to Be Married
(1907) (uncredited)
Written by Vincent Scotto
Lyrics by Anna Held
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"Tracking" through the jungle
3 May 2005 | by goblinhairedguySee all my reviews

This is RKO's entry in the "White Man's Grave" genre. Being an Ann Harding (queen of the women's picture) vehicle, it lacks the ineffable luridness of most early Hollywood jungle melodramas (White Woman, Red Dust, Panama Flo, etc.). Instead, it generally takes the high road in delineating a French colonial officer's descent into despondency and alcoholism in a sweaty Southeast Asian outpost. Enough politically-incorrect dialog and flouting of accepted morals does creep into the picture to place it in the pre-code realm, but much less than one might expect.

Although long-forgotten, the film definitely has many points to recommend it. The ever-reliable Hollywood helmsman Tay Garnett here evinces a startling obsession with keeping the camera moving -- it's just one complex tracking shot after another, with several long pans thrown in. When the camera does remain static, it's often to emphasize a dramatic moment, and quite effectively so.

Also, long before the infusion of liberal ideals into Hollywood's view of third-world relations, this picture's take is surprisingly modern. The protagonists learn their lesson in dignity from a remarkably loyal and noble native servant (played by the great thespian Clarence Muse). At the same time, the clearly delineated incompatibility between the French and the natives shows the futility of the "white man's burden" philosophy.


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