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Riptide (1934)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 30 March 1934 (USA)
Park Avenue party-girl Mary (Norma Shearer) and staid English nobleman, Lord Phillip Rexford (Herbert Marshall) are married on a lark, they live happily in London. He must travel to America... See full summary »

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Edmund Goulding

Writer:

Edmund Goulding
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Norma Shearer ... Mary
Robert Montgomery ... Tommie
Herbert Marshall ... Lord Rexford
Mrs. Patrick Campbell ... Aunt Hetty
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Erskine (as Skeets Gallagher)
Ralph Forbes ... Fenwick
Lilyan Tashman ... Sylvia
Arthur Jarrett ... Percy
Earl Oxford Earl Oxford ... Freddie
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Celeste
George K. Arthur ... Bertie
Marilyn Spinner Marilyn Spinner ... Pamela (as Baby Marilyn Spinner)
Phyllis Coghlan Phyllis Coghlan ... Nurse (as Phillis Coghlan)
Howard Chaldecott Howard Chaldecott ... Ransome
Halliwell Hobbes ... Bollard
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Storyline

Park Avenue party-girl Mary (Norma Shearer) and staid English nobleman, Lord Phillip Rexford (Herbert Marshall) are married on a lark, they live happily in London. He must travel to America on business leaving her home alone. Lord Rexford's aunt invites Mary on a trip to the Riviera where she runs into an old flame, Tommie Treal (Robert Montgomery). Under the spell of the sea breezes and the Mediterranean moon (a semi-excuse for adultery to keep Queen Norma's image clean, as this was a post-Production Code film), Mary is the "innocent" victim of a romantic escapade that makes headlines as well as the scandal sheets. None of Mary's explanations can soothe Lord Phillip, his cold indifference drives Mary, who fights against it (a minor and feeble struggle at best), closer to Tommie. As the two lovers surrender to their ardor, Lord R. learns from his lawyer that Mary had been telling the truth, and he calls for her to join him in Cannes with a clean slate. O.K, but as Chief White Eagle ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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"When a Woman Loves!" See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die nackte Wahrheit See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial television presentation in Chicago Tuesday 16 April 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by Portland OR 12 July 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), by Philadelphia 21 July on WFIL (Channel 6), by Memphis 25 July 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13), by New Haven CT 4 August 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), by Altoona PA 18 August 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), by Binghamton NY 1 September 1957 on WNBF (Channel 12), by Norfolk VA 16 October 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), and by Minneapolis 9 November 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9); it first aired in Los Angeles 8 June 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and in San Francisco 4 December 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), but in New York City, it's earliest documented telecast did not take place until 14 September 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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The length and styling of Norma Shearer's hair repeatedly changes from scene to scene and from one sequence to another. See more »

Quotes

Tommie Trent: See that the lady has nothing that she wants, Erskine. I'll return in a jiffy.
Erskine: You'll never be missed.
Mary: Ha-ha. He's a scream.
Erskine: See these gray hairs? Try living with him for a week.
Mary: Might be stimulating.
Erskine: Look at me. I-I'm stimulated.
Mary: Oh! Is that what you call it?
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La Marseillaise
(1792) (uncredited)
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Played at the dock as part of the score
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Norma and Montgomery in another precode potboiler
25 May 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Norma Shearer teams up with Robert Montgomery again in "Riptide" which also stars Herbert Marshall as part of a love triangle. There isn't too much special about this, but the beginning scene, with Marshall dressed as an huge insect and Shearer as a spider is very funny. Having just finished Shearer's bio by Gavin Lambert, it speaks of figure problems she had, particularly with her legs, and how hard she worked at being in shape. It paid off. She is absolutely beautiful in this film.

It's always difficult to realize that evidently, Herbert Marshall was once considered a romantic leading man, but given this movie and "Girls Dormitory," which I saw recently, I guess he was. In this, he sweeps playgirl Shearer off of her feet; they marry and have a daughter. After five years of wedded bliss, he goes on a business trip. While he's away, Norma meets old friend Montgomery at a party. He's always been crazy about her. They get drunk, kiss, and she runs for it. The next thing she knows, he's fooling around outside her window and throws himself off of her balcony. Scandal. Hubby comes home to headlines. Doesn't know if he can believe that nothing went on since the scripts hints that she was a slut while she was single. Marriage strained. Etc.

This kind of story is a little hard to take these days, but Shearer and Montgomery are very good. In comparison to their lively performances, Marshall is rather dull - which is the point, so it's appropriate.

The amazing thing about "Riptide" is an appearance by Mrs. Patrick Campbell, a theater icon. She's excellent as Marshall's aunt. I've often wondered if some of the early stage luminaries were as good as everyone claimed, but after seeing Campbell and the Barrymores in film, they sure were. For this reason and because it's pre-code, "Riptide" is worth seeing.


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