Riptide (1934)





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This documentary from filmmaker Daniel Lusko takes a look at the history of the Jesus Movement from its beginnings in the late 1960s, and examines its influence on modern evangelism. Prominent religious figures Chuck Smith, Greg Laurie, and Mike Macintosh discuss their progress since the Movement's early days, and contemplate how to keep the church relevant in a rapidly changing society. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi
Drama , Romance
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Norma Shearer
as Lady Mary Rexford
Herbert Marshall
as Lord Philip Rexford
Robert Montgomery
as Tommie Trent
Mrs. Patrick Campbell
as Aunt Hetty Riversleigh
Ralph Forbes
as David Fenwick
Art Jarrett
as Percy
Earl Oxford
as Freddie
George K. Arthur
as Bertie Davis
Arthur Treacher
as Reporter
George Cowl
as Reporter
Victor Gammon
as Reporter
Donald Stuart
as Reporter
Robert A'Dair
as Bartender
Charles Requa
as Maj. Mills
E.E. Clive
as Sleigh Driver
Conrad Seidemann
as German Porter
Nola Luxford
as English Girl
Walter Brennan
as Chauffeur
Stanley Mann
as Chauffeur
Otto H. Fries
as Doorman
Adrian Rosley
as Hotel Manager
Andre Cheron
as Surete Officer
Paul Porcasi
as House Detective
Leo White
as Assistant Manager
Fred Malatesta
as Headwaiter
Ramsay Hill
as Sir Geoffrey Mapel
Yvonne Parker
as French Woman
Erin La Bissoniere
as French Woman
Louis Mercier
as Concierge
Barlowe Borland
as Nightingale the Butler
Horace Cooper
as General
Harry Allen
as Fire Chief
Desmond Roberts
as Hotel Manager
Ferdinand Gottschalk
as Orchestra Leader
Herbert Bunston
as Major Bagdall
Clarissa Selwynne
as Mrs. Bagdall
Des Roberts
as Hotel Manager
Elsa Buchanan
as Daphne
Francisco Maran
as French Butler
Ramsey Hill
as Sir Geoffrey Mapel
Robert Bolder
as Bits at Aunt Hetty'
Herbert Evans
as Bits at Aunt Hetty'
Cosmo Kyrle Bellew
as Bits at Aunt Hetty'
Lawrence Grant
as Farrington
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Critic Reviews for Riptide

All Critics (2)

Gets wrapped up ever-tighter around one very small idea — the notion that a marriage requires much honesty and patience in order to work.

Full Review… | June 10, 2009
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Routine Norma Shearer (wife of MGM producer Irving Thalberg) romantic love triangle melodrama.

Full Review… | June 10, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Riptide

As I started to watch this film, I thought it was going to be a comedy. The characters of Marshall and Shearer meet for the first time dressed as insects. Shearer plays a woman who gives up her carefree New York lifestyle to marry the Lord (played stodgily by Marshall) and lives the sedate married life; until she runs into her ex (played by the ever-so-suave and charming Montgomery). It becomes a cloying melodrama with Shearer caught between two men who love her. It does liven up when Shearer and Montgomery are on-screen together, as they seem to shine together. They make the movie worth watching and save it from being too "soapy".

nefnie lee
nefnie lee

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Very sexy pre-code. As always, Shearer and Montgomery are a great pair,and Shearer's chemistry with Marshall is really strong as well.

Katie Richardson
Katie Richardson

[img][/img] In 1934, the final version of the Hays Film Code was passed, but things were still incredibly hazy in those first few months, and a lot of pre-code type fare got by. One of those movies was [i]Riptide[/i], a film dealing with wild life, divorce, and adultery. Though Will Hays passed it, it recieved a lot of criticism from Code supporters, and was one of the films not approved for reissue years later, along with films like [i]The Story of Temple Drake[/i] and [i]Born to Be Bad[/i]. Shearer plays a loose woman who meets the very proper nobleman Herbert Marshall. They fall in love, get married and have a baby. 5 years later, Marshall goes away on business, and Shearer goes to Cannes with his aunt, where she meets old flame Robert Montgomery, an depressed alcoholic on the verge of suicide. His love for Shearer brightens him up, but she resists his advances, and subsequently there's an accident which lands their friendship on the front pages. Marshall believes Shearer has been unfaithful and plans to divorce her, driving her into Montgomery's arms. The script is really clever and original, not just in its dialogue, but in its situations. The opening scene, in which Shearer and Marshall meet dressed as bugs, is hilarious, and the accident it both funny and sad. The set design is gorgeous, but also manages to be very realistic. Shearer's gowns are surprisingly understated for Adrian designs, and she looks beautiful. The film is filled with very good performances. It's one of Shearer's most even performances. She doesn't screech in melodramatic moments and handles them well, but she again proves that her real gift was for comedy. Montgomery shows once again his amazing range by being very funny, but also clearly putting across his character's deep troubles. Marshall is very good as the quiet husband. And my favorite of the supporting performances is Skeet Gallagher. He's always funny, and he's really entertaining in this. The only thing I really didn't like about the movie was the ending, which seemed cleaned up for the censors. I don't want to flat out tell you the ending, but I'll say that while there seemed to be a pretty even argument for both men, it didn't end the way I wanted. [b]Final Grade: [/b]A-

Katie Richardson
Katie Richardson

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