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The Rich Are Always with Us (1932)

TV-G | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 21 May 1932 (USA)
A socialite gets a divorce but can't keep out of her ex-husband's life.

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Ethel Pettit (based on the novel of the same name by) (as E. Pettit), Austin Parker (adaptation)
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Complete credited cast:
Ruth Chatterton ... Caroline Grannard
George Brent ... Julian Tierney
Bette Davis ... Malbro
John Miljan ... Greg Grannard
Adrienne Dore ... Allison Adair
John Wray ... Clark Davis
Robert Warwick ... The Doctor
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... Dante
Virginia Hammond ... Flo
Berton Churchill ... Judge Bradshaw (as Burton Churchill)
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The ten year marriage of of Caroline Van Dyke and Greg Grannard is falling apart. A young woman, Allison, plots to become his second wife. Caroline's friend, novelist Julian, has long loved her and now sees his chance, but she refuses him and goes to Paris to file for divorce. Julian follows but on hearing that Greg has fallen on financial hardship Caroline returns to help him. Greg tells Caroline that his now-wife Allison is pregnant and Caroline realizes that she loves Julian and to travel to China with him and be married. Allison and Greg have a bitter row in the car, which then smashes into a tree killing Allison and injuring Greg. Caroline tells Julian she will stay with Greg until he is well, but marries Julian in the hospital with a promise to join him as soon as she can. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

The scene in this movie where George Brent lights two cigarettes and passes one to Ruth Chatterton is similar to one in 1942 movie Now Voyager which star Bette Davis who was a supporting player here. Most people incorrectly think that the idea was original to the 1942 film. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film when Caroline and Julian are at the restaurant, the space between them keeps changing between shots. See more »

Quotes

Julian Tierney: I love you, I need you, and I want you.
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Crazy Credits

Card at beginning:

1900

after a few minutes... 1920. then... 1930... See more »

Connections

Featured in Women He's Undressed (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Shine On, Harvest Moon
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by Nora Bayes
Second tune played at the charity gambling event
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Not always rich, but poor it is not
2 December 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The main reason to see 'The Rich are Always with Us' is the cast, a very talented one put to good use. In terms of the cast, although Ruth Chatterton was the star, it was most interesting for seeing a young Bette Davis in a very early role before she became one of film history's most esteemed actresses. The subject was also intriguing and had potential to be funny and charming if done well while having some depth at the same time.

Can see totally why 'The Rich are Always with Us' won't work for all tastes, evident from the reviews here. Can see too why others would find a lot to like about it. Personally did like 'The Rich are Always with Us' myself but would in all honesty would have liked to have loved it, with the potential it had it should have been better than it was. That is not a knock as again to me there was still much to like and a lot is done well, the best elements done excellently even.

Will start with those good things. The best thing is the acting, which is very good and very polished. Chatterton commands the screen with zest, dignity and poignancy, the discussion of how to go forward was very moving without being overwrought, and George Best underplays while still with enough charm to make his appeal to the other characters believable. Davis comes out on top with a spirited performance that livens up the film when she appears, especially in the apartment scene. The chemistry between the actors is both sweet and witty.

Opinions on the script seem to be quite divided, for me while not perfect it was one of 'The Rich are Always with Us' strengths. Loved its arch wit, its thrust, its sophistication and it had some affecting bittersweet moments too. The story, which left me a bit more conflicted, breezes by mostly thanks to namely the cast and the energetic yet also sensitive direction. The production values are not elaborate, but it is nicely filmed and the set design is attractive.

Less attractive are some of the costumes, why was Chatterton's wardrobe so unflattering here? Can understand the criticisms for the story, which is 'The Rich are Always with Us' weak link. Not only very flimsy, sometimes it does struggle with having enough content, but it can be quite silly, doesn't do an awful lot new and the glimpses of depth (which are actually mostly through Chatterton's performance) are not enough.

Also found the ending rather forced and too tidy.

In conclusion, nice enough and to be seen for primarily the acting. 7/10


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Language:

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Release Date:

21 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.37 : 1
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