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Law of the Tropics (1941)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 4 October 1941 (USA)
The telegram that Jim Comway receives states that the woman he was to marry, Laura, could not move to a country she didn't know, and marry a man she felt she no longer knew

Director:

Ray Enright

Writers:

Charles Grayson (screen play), Alice Tisdale Hobart (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Constance Bennett ... Joan Madison
Jeffrey Lynn ... Jim Conwoy
Regis Toomey ... Tom Marshall
Mona Maris ... Rita
Hobart Bosworth ... Davis
Frank Puglia ... Tito
Thomas E. Jackson ... Maguire (as Thomas Jackson)
Paul Harvey ... Alfred King, Sr.
Craig Stevens ... Alfred King, Jr.
Charles Judels ... Captain of River Boat
Roland Drew ... Hotel Clerk
Cliff Clark ... Bartender
Rolfe Sedan Rolfe Sedan ... Tailor (as Rolf Sedan)
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Storyline

Jim Conway, who works on a South American rubber plantation, leaves to meet a girl from the United States whom he is to marry. But he receives a telegram from her telling him she has married someone else. He goes to a waterfront café where he meets a singer, Joan Madison, and tells her his troubles. He asks her to marry him and return to the plantation with him using the name of the girl he was to marry. This strikes her as a great idea as she is a wanted fugitive. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

LOVE'S TRAGIC LESSON (original poster-all caps)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King Rubber See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Saturday 8 September 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Bellingham WA Wednesday 26 September 1956 on KVOS (Channel 12), in Bloomington IN Friday 14 December 1956 on WTTV (Channel 4), and in San Francisco Tuesday 29 January 1957 on KRON (Channel 4). See more »

Quotes

Jim Conwoy: What's the idea of taking me to a tailor like that?
Tito: I knew him long time ago when he was a butcher.
Jim Conwoy: He still *is!*
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Version of Oil for the Lamps of China (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played by a band and sung by Frank Puglia and others several times
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What stars do when they can't afford to retire
9 January 2015 | by hotangenSee all my reviews

Bennett has top billing, which must have been some consolation for starring in this story of a torch singer in the tropics attempting to elude the law. The film is OK - and it has several pleasing songs sung by a trio of tropical lads - but the presence of Bennett does not raise it from "B" to "A" status. Maybe Jack Warner wanted to help his old poker partner by giving her a job. And she took it because, according to her biographer, she hadn't put away so much as a dime for the inevitable rainy days and she needed the money to support her palatial lifestyle.

Although the former #1 glamour queen of Hollywood is only 36, she is not looking especially fabulous in this film. But Mona Maris, a dead ringer for Bennett's poker playing comrade, Kay Francis, does look fabulous. Unlike Bennett, Francis did save her money for a rainy day, but when the rainy day came she found it impossible to go quietly into obscurity and she too made a few "B" films. Both ladies, like so many other former femme stars out of fashion, took up live theatre in the late 40s. Bennett fans are advised to skip this film and watch Topper instead.


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