The Rich Are Always with Us (1932)

71, 73 or 75 mins | Romance | 21 May 1932

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writer:

Austin Parker

Producer:

Sam Bischoff

Cinematographer:

Ernest Haller

Editor:

George Marks

Production Designer:

Jack Okey

Production Company:

First National Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to Var , this picture was Ruth Chatterton's first for Warner Bros. She and George Brent married during the course of filming, but divorced two years later. News items in FD indicate that Kay Francis was considered for the lead and Adrienne Dore replaced Ann ... More Less

According to Var , this picture was Ruth Chatterton's first for Warner Bros. She and George Brent married during the course of filming, but divorced two years later. News items in FD indicate that Kay Francis was considered for the lead and Adrienne Dore replaced Ann Dvorak. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
5 May 31
p. 6.
Film Daily
4 Oct 31
p. 4.
Film Daily
5 Oct 31
p. 8.
Film Daily
1 Feb 32
p. 4.
Film Daily
11 Feb 32
p. 6.
Film Daily
15 May 32
p. 10.
International Photographer
1 Jun 32
p. 33.
Motion Picture Herald
21 May 32
p. 103.
New York Times
16 May 32
p. 19.
Variety
17 May 32
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Rich Are Always with Us by Ethel Pettit (New York, 1931).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"What a Life" and "Trying to Live Without You," composers unknown.
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 May 1932
Production Date:
began late October 1931
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
15 June 1932
Copyright Number:
LP3167
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
71, 73 or 75
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Caroline Grannard, one of the richest women in New York, is married to Greg, a successful stockbroker. Novelist Julian Tierney is in love with Caroline and begs her to divorce her husband and marry him. She is in love with her husband, however, and is sure that he is equally faithful to her. Greg and Caroline hold a weekend house party, which is attended by Julian, Malbro, a friend of Caroline's who is in love with Julian, and Alison Adair, with whom Greg is having an affair. When Caroline sees her husband kissing Alison, she asks Greg if he wants to marry Alison and, when he says yes, agrees to a divorce. Julian meets Caroline in Paris after her divorce is final. He is on his way to Romania on a writing assignment and asks her to marry him. She begs for more time, and although she insists that she no longer loves Greg, Julian assumes her concern for her former husband is love and leaves Paris without her. When Caroline returns to the United States, she learns that Greg and Alison are having a baby. Malbro has done her best to win Julian's love, but when he announces that he is leaving for China and India, hoping to get over his love for Caroline, Malbro telephones Caroline and tells her. After Caroline searches out Julian, they profess their love for each other and spend the night together. Alison tries to create a scandal but is stopped by Malbro and Greg, who hurries her to the car. On the way home, they quarrel and the car crashes, killing Alison ... +


Caroline Grannard, one of the richest women in New York, is married to Greg, a successful stockbroker. Novelist Julian Tierney is in love with Caroline and begs her to divorce her husband and marry him. She is in love with her husband, however, and is sure that he is equally faithful to her. Greg and Caroline hold a weekend house party, which is attended by Julian, Malbro, a friend of Caroline's who is in love with Julian, and Alison Adair, with whom Greg is having an affair. When Caroline sees her husband kissing Alison, she asks Greg if he wants to marry Alison and, when he says yes, agrees to a divorce. Julian meets Caroline in Paris after her divorce is final. He is on his way to Romania on a writing assignment and asks her to marry him. She begs for more time, and although she insists that she no longer loves Greg, Julian assumes her concern for her former husband is love and leaves Paris without her. When Caroline returns to the United States, she learns that Greg and Alison are having a baby. Malbro has done her best to win Julian's love, but when he announces that he is leaving for China and India, hoping to get over his love for Caroline, Malbro telephones Caroline and tells her. After Caroline searches out Julian, they profess their love for each other and spend the night together. Alison tries to create a scandal but is stopped by Malbro and Greg, who hurries her to the car. On the way home, they quarrel and the car crashes, killing Alison and seriously injuring Greg. The doctor tells Caroline that she is the only one who can save Greg, and when Greg begs her to stay, she sends Julian to China on his own. Before he leaves, however, she insists that a hospitalized judge marry them in his room, explaining that she will join Julian as soon as Greg has recovered. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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