Riff-Raff (1936) - Rotten Tomatoes

Riff-Raff (1936)






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Riff-Raff begins riff-raffing when boastful fisherman Dutch (Spencer Tracy) marries down-to-earth cannery worker Hattie (Jean Harlow). Their happiness is marred by Dutch's egomania, which results in the loss of his job and the alienation of his friends. Eventually he deserts Hattie, but she remains in love with him, even going to jail on a theft charge after trying to supply him with money. Reels and reels later, Dutch makes up for his past misdeeds by foiling a plot to sabotage a huge fishing vessel. Unfortunately, his reunion with Hattie is delayed when she tries to break out of prison, earning her an extended sentence, but he magnanimously promises to wait for her. Hard to believe that so sensible a heroine would put up with so much from a guy who's frankly not worth the trouble, but the chemistry between Spencer Tracy and Jean Harlow compensates for the film's Grand Canyon-sized logic holes.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Anita Loos, Frances Marion, H.W. Hanemann
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On DVD: Dec 9, 1992


Spencer Tracy
as Dutch Miller
Joseph Calleia
as Nick Appopolis
Victor Kilian
as "Flytrap"
Paul Hurst
as Red Belcher
Al Hill
as Speed
Lillian Harmer
as Mrs. McCall
Bob Perry
as Lefty
Rafaela Ottiano
as Head Matron
John George
as Fisherman
Wally Maher
as Newsreel Cameraman
Marshall Ruth
as Agitator
Mary Wallace
as Fisherman's Wife
Ivor McFadden
as Moving Man
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All Critics (2)

Jean Harlow (who gets star billing and is brunette for a change) and Spencer Tracy give tough, energetic performances in this contrived marital melodrama.

Full Review… | December 2, 2010

October 18, 2012

Audience Reviews for Riff-Raff


The cast alone make this one worth watching. Jean Harlow and Spencer Tracy make a good team, and Harlow is so wonderful in this. Fine story, typical MGM high quality from that era. Well photographed. The story does have some holes in the plot, but it's still a very enjoyable classic. A very young Mickey Rooney is great in a small role

James Higgins

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