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Super Reviewer
October 11, 2007
Early atypical Hitchcock. Be prepared to see me review more of this type of stuff during the rest of this year (early Hitch, but not exclusively atypical). Besides being atypical fare for Hitch storywise, this is a curious blend of ":talkie" and silent film, which makes sense given when it was released. Actually, it's more silent than "talkie", with spoken dialogue being used maybe only a quarter of the time. That's fine though, because it gives the film a unique flavor, especially if you're interested in early cinema.

The story is a romantic melodrama concerning a young working class couple who, after coming into an inheritance, decide to get a taste of the good life by going on a cruise. The trip tests their relationship though, with both man and wife being tempted to leave the other, and both having to learn the hard way that money doesn't always make life better.

What the film lacks in originality or depth it makes up for with style and a couple really cool sequences. The shipwreck scene in particular is neat, especially if you can give it a pass given the time the film was made. There's also a particularly great shock moment near the end that is as horrifying as it is darkly funny.

All in all, not bad, but not that great or interesting either. It's not a totally boring film, but there could have been some more really great sequences throughout to make it worth giving it a complete recommendation.
Super Reviewer
March 28, 2011
Very early Hitchcock, this one came from the Alfred Hitchcock Legends of Hollywood, which are 12 Public Domain Films by BCI, This is long before Hitchcock started producing great films. About a couple who are struggling to survive when a rich Uncle gives them all the money they need to travel and find happiness, what they find is each cheats on the other and lost there money along with there return voyage ending in a sinking at sea, but they survive only to go back to London to have what they started with, Nothing. This one was made between silent films and Sound and this movie has some of both in it. 2 Stars
Super Reviewer
August 10, 2007
This 1931 movie is of interest simply because it is one of Alfred Hitchcock's early films that he made in Great Britain. It is also of interest because of the titles between sections of this film as though it were a silent film. That makes us very aware that silent movies had just been replace by 'talkies'. The copyright date is shown as 1931 on the film, not 1932 as IMDB has it listed. A man whose life has become mundane and tiresome is given money by a relative to enjoy life with. He and his wife set off on a cruise around the world. "Rich and Strange" begins well and certainly has its interesting moments. However, it bogs down after about the first half hour and doesn't recover until the last few minutes. Far too much time is spent aimlessly following the relationships outside the marriage by both the husband and wife of the couple. It seems that this part of the film is overblown. A highlight of the film is the spinster played by Elsie Randolph who is quite hilarious. Joan Barry is also very watchable as Emily. However, "Hitch" had not quite hit his stride yet and his best work was yet to come. This movie is mainly for diehard Hitchock fans.
Super Reviewer
July 30, 2007
This is a great movie that, it would appear, next to no one has seen. What a shame - I'm only the 90th Flixster review? My first Hitchcock - that's right, not Vertigo, Psycho, Rear Window, Birds or anything later. Though the acting in this one is a little rough, it's a movie with a decent plot device (though it takes some time to unfold), and you can see the early development of some of the suspense builders the filmmaker will make his trademark in his late career. I can't wait to watch him mature over the course of his work.

Please, I know most members on this site are too young to know who Alfred Hitchcock is, and alas, there are no robots or doomsday scenarios, but watch this movie!
January 14, 2011
Rich and Strange is a strangely put together film, although it does point out some of the strange things and people you run into when one is rich.
July 24, 2009
It is an early talkie, and it shows. The movie is based more on physical action and scenario than developing the dialogue and character. A couple receive money from a relative to see the world the way the husband wants. He gets seasick and the wife becomes intrigued by the ship captian. The husband recovers and falls for a princess on board. There are reasons that Hitchcock is not known for his romance films. I only think people who are trying to see all of Hitch's films should see this.
½ May 2, 2007
The movie itself is not very interesting, except for some interesting early directing from Hitchcock. There were a few moments that made me sit up and say, "Ooh, that was interesting." Like much of his early work, definitely more for fans of Hitchcock or the genre.
July 1, 2015
More dross from the Hitchcock early years, working my way through the back catalogue is turning into a seriously poor decision...
February 3, 2015
6 ans après son début de carrière en tant que réalisateur, Alfred Hitchcock réalisa enfin en 1931 un film qui mériterait qu'on le considère comme un grand moment de sa filmographie, dans la mesure où Rich & Strange est une comédie de moeurs franchement hilarante, passionnante et dont la morale est bien plus moderne qu'on ne le croit. Sous couvert d'une structure et d'une mise en scène très proche du muet, Rich & Strange se trouve être un des films les plus modernes de la période anglaise d'Hitchcock, dans la mesure où son propos reste valable de nos jours. Henry Kendall & Joan Barry sont époustouflants.
½ January 14, 2015
The promise contained in a brilliant opening scene sadly isn't followed through in the rest of the movie, which is quite pedestrian and lacking in Hitchcock's usual flair; the odd motif here and there feels shoe-horned in. However, it is probably Hitchcock's best in a rather poor record in comedy; this is partly because a British production presumably has a sense of humour he understands better than his US efforts, partly because he doesn't try to film it like a thriller, but mostly because the story is more satisfying. Very much as morality tale, at least it has a point to make that means it isn't as throwaway as The Trouble with Harry, Champagne or Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
½ August 25, 2014
A typical Hitchcock thriller.
½ April 29, 2014
A very poor transition between silent films and talkies
½ February 13, 2014
Starts off kind of dully, but eventually gets enjoyable. The characters are good though unlikable. There's some good suspense and sets and humor, which is a good addition from Hitchcock.
½ May 10, 2013
This early Hitch is a sad effort at comedy, yet still remains an intriguing piece of work. Not a particularly good story and without a single sympathetic character, but it does a great job at showcasing Hitch's talent as a director. The mise-en-scene is excellent. It foreshadowed the Hitchcock to come; very stylish. I liked the cinematography and some of the special effects were ahead of their time. I think this is one of Hitchcock's better early films. What it lacks in story and characterization, it makes up for technically. It was fascinating to watch. I recommend it to any fan of Hitchcock.
May 24, 2012
not sure exactly what hitchcock was trying to do with this one, but "rich and strange" never seems to know if it's a silent film or a talkie. it randomly uses unnecessary title cards that don't really do anything other than make you wonder what their purpose is. i love hitchcock, but this is easily one of his weakest films.
May 10, 2011
Not your usual mystery suspense film from Alfred Hitchcock. It's about a lesson in life. Quite boring.
½ September 28, 2007
Pretty good and solid Hitchcock films.

[b]Stage Fright[/b] has a tiny problem because one important but badly made flashback part backfires a little. An interesting peculiarity that just adds to the charm of a film that seems to often go slightly underrated. Surely even the taxi scene alone, not to mention all the other goodies, is enough to make up for it.

[b]Rich and Strange[/b] definitely seems at least as old as it is, which makes it harder for me to rate. Still interesting enough.

Likable stuff all of them.
March 11, 2007
Truly a strange film, but it lacks the urgency of Hitchcock's other films. A dissapointment.
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