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The Woman I Stole (1933)

A man (Jack Holt) wins his best friend's wife (Fay Wray) and seems to be plotting to ruin the man's oil business.

Director:

Irving Cummings

Writers:

Joseph Hergesheimer (novel), Jo Swerling (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jack Holt ... Jim Bradler
Fay Wray ... Vida Carew
Donald Cook ... Corew
Noah Beery ... Gen. Rayon
Raquel Torres ... Teresita
Edwin Maxwell ... Lentz
Charles A. Browne ... Deleker (as Charles Browne)
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A man (Jack Holt) wins his best friend's wife (Fay Wray) and seems to be plotting to ruin the man's oil business.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tampico See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The original novel, Tampico by Joseph Hergesheimer, was set in Mexico. This setting was changed to North Africa for the film. See more »

Quotes

Jim Bradler: [they embrace each other] Vida!
Vida Carew: Ouch! Are you afraid I'll run away?
Jim Bradler: Yes. I'll never be sure of you. Nobody could. When I was away, I had this sickening fear that maybe you might change your mind.
Vida Carew: Why should I? It's all so simple. I don't want to live with Steven. I do want to live with you. Why, Jim, I believe in your heart you think I'm really wicked.
Jim Bradler: Of course you are. So am I.
Vida Carew: Am I as thin as when you left me?
Jim Bradler: What ever way you are suits me. You know, they all think I came back for oil. I ...
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Referenced in Wind at My Back: The Crystal Skull (1999) See more »

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Fun, Hokey Love Triangle Drama Set in Arab Desert Oil Fields
19 October 2005 | by sftigerSee all my reviews

First off, there are some very camp elements to this pre-code relic. The characters are shallowly scripted, but the principals creditably give them what they can. The ethnic stereotypes (and the wrong, wrong, wrong! depiction of Muslims at prayer!) may offend some, and anybody familiar with North Africa will notice many more howlers.

Still, Jack Holt's portrayal of Jim Bradler is almost Gable-esquire in its macho eloquence and Fay Wray is wonderful as hard, selfish Vida. The ending is unintentionally hysterical, but what elicits howls today may have only raised eyebrows among the cognoscenti in 1933.

While the story and production are impossible to take seriously, Holt and Wray make it very watchable, and the rest of it is just camp. Critically, I can't give this film high marks, but it's too fun to pass up.


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