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White Woman (1933)

Passed | | Drama | 10 November 1933 (USA)
A nightclub singer marries the rich owner of a rubber plantation. When she returns with him to his estate in Malaysia, she finds out that he is cruel, vicious and insanely jealous. She and ... See full summary »


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Samuel Hoffenstein (screenplay), Gladys Lehman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Carole Lombard ... Judith Denning
Charles Laughton ... Horace H. Prin
Charles Bickford ... Ballister
Kent Taylor ... David von Elst
Percy Kilbride ... Jakey
James Bell ... Hambly
Charles Middleton ... Fenton (as Charles B. Middleton)
Claude King ... C.M. Chisholm
Ethel Griffies ... Mrs. Chisholm
James Dime ... Vaegi
Marc Lawrence ... Connors


A nightclub singer marries the rich owner of a rubber plantation. When she returns with him to his estate in Malaysia, she finds out that he is cruel, vicious and insanely jealous. She and the plantation's overseer develop a mutual attraction, but are terrified at what will happen if her husband finds out. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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MEN WHO LIVE WITHOUT WOMEN! Outcasts who had not seen a white woman in ten years...until she joined their "legion of the damned" (Print Ad- Philadelphia Inquirer, ((Philadelphia, Penna.)) 5 January 1934)




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Release Date:

10 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bela zena See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Sponsor resistance was strong because of the pre-code aspects of the story, so its airings were few and far between. Its earliest documented telecasts took place in Milwaukee Tuesday 25 February 1960 on WITI (Channel 6) and in Johnstown 28 June 1960 on WJAC (Channel 6). It was released on DVD 9 December 2014 as part of the Universal Vault Series. See more »


Ballister: Time you loosened up a bit. It's taken you longer than it takes most of them to give me a tumble. Come on now, Baby, chuck the high hat.
Judith Denning: Did you think I was singing for you?
Ballister: Trying to get the old man's goat, huh? What's the matter, don't he care for music?
Ballister: Quit kidding yourself, pal. You could do a lot worse in this hole than give me a tumble. I've had my eye on you ever since I stepped on this tub. Yeah, and you've known I'm here too, haven't you? Come on, now, say it. I've watched those big ...
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Yes, My Dear
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Carole Lombard (dubbed by Mona Lowe)
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Gobble Incessantly When You're In The Jungle With A Turkey
3 March 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In between that glittering array of memorable roles Charles Laughton created like Henry VIII, Doctor Moreau. Moulton Barrett, Emperor Nero, Inspector Javert, and Captain Bligh is nestled in his credits White Woman. It will never make the top ten of any list of Charles Laughton's greatest films.

Nor will Carole Lombard or Charles Bickford's fans be really pleased with this film. It's a jungle melodrama about a western woman whose husband committed suicide. The whispers about the reason and the scandal attached therein has left Lombard doing the only thing she can for a living, singing in a native café. The respectable white folks don't want to go near here.

Except Charles Laughton who doesn't really worry about respectability. He's Horace Prin, formerly of London and self-styled 'King of the River' on his south sea island. It's the only place where this cockney from the slums can feel like a king.

And the chance for a beautiful trophy wife like Lombard isn't going to slip through Laughton's fingers. When she gets to his jungle retreat, Lombard finds distractions in Kent Taylor and Charles Bickford. She also learns what a monster she's married to.

I'm sure Charles Laughton who was getting one great role after another at this point in his career knew very well this one did not rank up with the ones I mentioned before. Still he was under contract to Paramount and when you're in a turkey, gobble incessantly.

Which Laughton does in an overacted performance to beat the band. But in his place he could do little else, but have some fun and collect a paycheck. The story is dumb, the other players look embarrassed, but Mr. Laughton is having one great old time.

He's the only reason to watch this jungle turkey.

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