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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Witty, Naughty and Gay . . a spectacular story of how the other half lives - and loves - and lies. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

21 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En natt i kärlek See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ruth Chatterton and George Brent married shortly after this film. And divorced two years later. See more »

Goofs

There's a scene in which, first Caroline's (Ruth Chatterton) suitor (George Brent) refers to his wristwatch, and then a moment later, her ex-husband played by John Miljan refers to his wristwatch...both watches are represented by identical footage in which the very same Elgin wristwatch is shown. See more »

Quotes

Caroline Grannard: I want you to sort out all Mr. Grannard's personal things and send them into town. Oh, that portrait of myself belongs to him and he adores that 18th century screen in the dining room, so, you might send that too. I want him to have the Whistler etchings and those drawings in the upper hall.
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Crazy Credits

Card at beginning:

1900

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

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Soundtracks

I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
(1919) (uncredited)
Music by James Kendis, James Brockman and Nat Vincent
Played when "1920" is shown
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Call me Malbro
29 May 2006 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

Where in the world did the screenwriters come up with such a first name? It is attached to the flirty character very well played by Bette Davis.

Ruth Chatterton was always good. She and Davis are both rich (though exactly what the origin of the axiom in the title is, I'm not sure.) She is married to an insufferable stuffed shirt. George Brent is also interested in her. Why she wants to stay with her husband is unclear. It's not as if he's faithful.

Chatterton is not well served by the film. She is costumed and made up in a highly unflattering way. Superb film actress though she was, even in 1932, she was no spring chicken. And the movie is filmed in a way that accents this.

The situations are a tiny bit racy but don't accept an ooh-la-la sort of pre-Code movie. It's a drawing room comedy of a second- or third-tier. Davis's character's name is probably the most memorable thing about it.


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