Rebound (1931)

88 or 91 mins | Comedy-drama, Romance | 18 September 1931

Director:

Edward H. Griffith

Writer:

Horace Jackson

Cinematographer:

Norbert Brodine

Editor:

Daniel Mandell

Production Designer:

Carroll Clark

Production Company:

RKO Pathé Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Robert Williams and Walter Walker appeared in the New York stage production and reprised their theatrical roles in the film. MPH lists the film's preview running time as 75 minutes, or 6,750 feet. It is possible that footage was added before the film's general release. RKO borrowed Ina Claire from Samuel Goldwyn's film company for this production. According to modern sources, RKO lost $215,000 on the ... More Less

Robert Williams and Walter Walker appeared in the New York stage production and reprised their theatrical roles in the film. MPH lists the film's preview running time as 75 minutes, or 6,750 feet. It is possible that footage was added before the film's general release. RKO borrowed Ina Claire from Samuel Goldwyn's film company for this production. According to modern sources, RKO lost $215,000 on the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
22 Mar 31
p. 4.
Film Daily
30 Aug 31
p. 10.
International Photographer
1 Jul 31
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald
13 Jun 31
p. 34..
New York Times
29 Aug 31
p. 16.
Variety
1 Sep 31
p. 21.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Charles R. Rogers Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
2d cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd eng
Sd eng
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Rebound by Donald Ogden Stewart (New York, 3 Feb 1930), as produced by Arthur Hopkins.
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 September 1931
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 28 August 1931
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Pathé Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
8 September 1931
Copyright Number:
LP2491
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
88 or 91
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

A group of young sophisticates with modern ideas spends the weekend in the New York home of Liz and Les Crawford. Liz's sister, Sara Jaffrey, has refused the proposals of a kindhearted sailor, Johnnie Coles, because she loves her old beau, handsome Bill Truesdale. Bill, however, loves Evie Lawrence, whom he plans to marry. When Evie rejects Bill for millionaire Lyman Patterson and Johnnie returns to the Navy, Bill and Sara find themselves without mates. On the rebound from his affair with Evie, Bill marries Sara. In Paris, a month into their marriage, Bill goes out for the mail and runs into Evie. While Sara waits at home with her father, who has come to meet Bill, Bill spends the afternoon sipping champagne with Evie. Although Sara is furious at Bill, she decides to be a "good sport," all the while making sarcastic remarks about the situation under her breath. Even when Evie arrives wearing the same dress that Sara had bought to surprise Bill, Sara is polite. Before he leaves, Sara's father warns her not to sacrifice who she is for love and adds that marriage is a compromise that often deprives people of grace. The Truesdales return to Long Island, where Johnnie, now an architect, is remodeling an old farmhouse for their new home. Evie and Bill continue to spend much time together, prompting Johnnie to tell Sara she is too good for Bill. During a yacht club party, Sara dances unhappily with Lyman, while Evie and Bill remove their evening clothes and jump into the ocean, drinking from a flask and laughing. Sara sees them and is humiliated. ... +


A group of young sophisticates with modern ideas spends the weekend in the New York home of Liz and Les Crawford. Liz's sister, Sara Jaffrey, has refused the proposals of a kindhearted sailor, Johnnie Coles, because she loves her old beau, handsome Bill Truesdale. Bill, however, loves Evie Lawrence, whom he plans to marry. When Evie rejects Bill for millionaire Lyman Patterson and Johnnie returns to the Navy, Bill and Sara find themselves without mates. On the rebound from his affair with Evie, Bill marries Sara. In Paris, a month into their marriage, Bill goes out for the mail and runs into Evie. While Sara waits at home with her father, who has come to meet Bill, Bill spends the afternoon sipping champagne with Evie. Although Sara is furious at Bill, she decides to be a "good sport," all the while making sarcastic remarks about the situation under her breath. Even when Evie arrives wearing the same dress that Sara had bought to surprise Bill, Sara is polite. Before he leaves, Sara's father warns her not to sacrifice who she is for love and adds that marriage is a compromise that often deprives people of grace. The Truesdales return to Long Island, where Johnnie, now an architect, is remodeling an old farmhouse for their new home. Evie and Bill continue to spend much time together, prompting Johnnie to tell Sara she is too good for Bill. During a yacht club party, Sara dances unhappily with Lyman, while Evie and Bill remove their evening clothes and jump into the ocean, drinking from a flask and laughing. Sara sees them and is humiliated. Her bold, determined and outspoken nature has been replaced by the persona of a weak and desperate wronged wife. When Evie and Bill rejoin the party, Sara confronts Bill and falls to her knees, begging for his love. Upon seeing Johnnie then throw himself at her feet, swearing his love, Sara remembers her father's warning and realizes she has compromised her dignity for love. She tells Johnnie goodbye, returns to the house, and insults Evie. When Bill scolds her for her childish display of jealousy, she tells him that marriage is not important enough for her to sacrifice herself. In Paris, Sara signs her divorce papers, then discovers Bill in her hotel room. He tells her that he failed to recognize his love for her until she left him and apologizes for his behavior. Evie is now pregnant with Lyman's child, and Bill has not seen her since the night Sara walked out on him. When her father telephones at the hotel, Sara pretends she is talking to her lover and walks out on Bill. Unable to abandon her husband, however, she soon returns to his arms. +

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