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Lady of the Tropics (1939)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 11 August 1939 (USA)
Playboy Bill Carey woos a half-caste beauty in French Indochina, but her second-class legal status makes a formidable barrier.

Directors:

Jack Conway, Leslie Fenton (uncredited)

Writer:

Ben Hecht (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Bill Carey
Hedy Lamarr ... Manon DeVargnes
Joseph Schildkraut ... Pierre Delaroch
Gloria Franklin ... Nina
Ernest Cossart ... Father Antoine
Mary Taylor ... Dolly Harrison
Charles Trowbridge ... Alfred Z. Harrison
Frederick Worlock ... Colonel Demassey
Paul Porcasi ... Lamartine
Marguerita Padula Marguerita Padula ... Madame Kya (as Margaret Padula)
Cecil Cunningham ... Countess Berichi
Natalie Moorhead ... Mrs. Hazlitt
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Storyline

A party of yachting jet-setters visit French Saigon, where they meet lovely Manon deVargnes, a second-class citizen not allowed to leave the country due to her part-Oriental ancestry. When the others leave, playboy Bill Carey stays behind to woo Manon; but all his efforts to get her out of the country with him run into a brick wall. And Pierre Delaroch, her wealthy former admirer, waits for him to give up... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 August 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flor del trópico See more »

Filming Locations:

Cambodia See more »

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Budget:

$913,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Friday 9 November 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11); in Hartford CT it first aired 23 January 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Chicago 3 April 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Phoenix 9 June 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Philadelphia 30 June 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) and in Altoona PA 21 July 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10); in Seattle it was first telecast 17 January 1958 on KING (Channel 5), in San Francisco 5 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and in New York City 29 March 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Quotes

Pierre Delaroch: I shall always remember how sweet your lips were and I shall wait for them, patiently.
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Ai tuoi piedi son
(uncredited)
from "Manon Lescaut" (1893)
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Domenico Oliva and Luigi Illica
Performed by uncredited singers at the opera
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Eurasian beauty in a romantic tragedy
3 April 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

I remember when I was living in Vietnam, I was told that Eurasian women were the most beautiful in the World. The French-Vietnamese women that I saw were indeed exquisite. Hedy Lamarr was perfectly caste as one of these women, and her performance in this film was so romantic that one would want to see it over and over.

This fine film featured Oscar-nominated cinematography, a script by the great Ben Hecht (Wuthering Heights, Notorious, The Scoundrel, Underworld), and Robert Taylor as the leading man.

The story is as old as time and you cannot fail to be moved by the tragedy.


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