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Poor script and overbearing acting by Shearer. You want to shake her and ask "Why can't you just be yourself?" Hopefully, the affected and effete presence she maintains on screen is not the real person.
There is no chemistry here between any of the actors and only the opening scene is funny, but it has no relevance to anything that is to come.
Thalberg should have shut this down as soon as he realized this was bad. Wouldn't reading the script do that?
wrong description here Flixter-dumbasses!
This is an interesting plot if one considers the time period it was produced. However, it must have been difficult for the working person of the1930's to relate to characters spending their time at vacation houses and night clubs and not caring for their children... a rather empty life style to me. All that in mind, the values of faithfulness in marriage are examined in the film. Mary fails the test with her husband , but not necessarily with the audience. Her husband rushes to judgment the first time he hears word of her exploits with another man. Then he pushes her into cheating with him the next time. It is a wonder that the two ever get back together. I enjoyed the acting except that there are times that Robert Mongomery looks more like a punch-drunk boxer than a desirable gentleman. The movie is worth watching for the fashion, the footloose lifestyle (that still exists), and the statements it makes about women and morality. TMC/Comcast cut off the ending by approximately two or three minutes. I had to read here that it was a happy ending. Apparently, the movie is not 90 minutes long!
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".
A decent 1930s film starring Norma Shearer and Robert Montgomery, but with a surprising "moralistic" turn that feels out of place in the movie and is very disappointing. Especially odd since it is "pre-Code" and didn't require such ridiculous gender bias to be displayed. Some great scenes between the leads, shimmering gowns, style, banter- somewhat like an Astaire & Rogers film without the dancing. But watch out for the inevitable double standard that would become common after the Code.
Very sexy pre-code. As always, Shearer and Montgomery are a great pair,and Shearer's chemistry with Marshall is really strong as well.
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-