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The Road to Singapore (1931)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 10 October 1931 (USA)
Gossip, snobbery, mistrust, divorce and a mail-order engagement dominate the lives of the British upper class living in the plantation colonies of Southeast Asia.

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Denise Robins (novel), Roland Pertwee (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Hugh Dawltry
Doris Kenyon ... Philippa Crosby March
Marian Marsh ... Rene March
Louis Calhern ... Dr. George March
Alison Skipworth ... Mrs. Wey-Smith
Lumsden Hare ... Mr. Wey-Smith
Tyrell Davis ... Nikki (as Tyrrell Davis)
A.E. Anson A.E. Anson ... Dr. Muir
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Storyline

A snobbish doctor in the tropics sends for a former nurse associate from England to marry him. But he is a changed man. He seeks fame through medicine and neglects his wife for his work. A returning plantation owner with a sullied reputation lures the woman away from her husband. Written by SimonJack

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Convenções Humanas See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play on which the novel and this movie was based opened in Cardiff, UK on 7 October 1929. See more »

Quotes

Rene March: Do you always ride alone?
Hugh Dawltry: Sometimes the horse goes with me.
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Featured in American Masters: This Is Bob Hope... (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Singapore Tango
(uncredited)
Music by Clyde Lucas
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Early polished Powell
7 June 2017 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

Not-especially-interesting romantic melodrama, from a play, of a triangle in the tropics. But it's one of the earliest demonstrations of William Powell in full William Powelldom. As a rich, unscrupulous playboy living a hedonistic existence in Khota (why Khota is never made clear), he's all polished consonants, dapper clothes, and upper-class charm. You can see why Doris Kenyon, unhappily married to dull, work-obsessed doctor Louis Calhern, would respond to his flirtations. And you can see why her younger sister, Marian Marsh, would be similarly captivated. It's a bit clichéd and more than a bit casually racist (when displeased with a servant, kick him), but it's lifted up by a) some spiffy early-talkie camera-work--love the long take panning from Calhern's to Powell's bungalow!--and b) engagingly pre-Code morality, where the callow hedonist isn't entirely punished for his devil-may-care attitude. It's swift, and the ending may surprise you a little.


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