Riptide (1934)

90 or 92 mins | Drama | 30 March 1934

Director:

Edmund Goulding

Writer:

Edmund Goulding

Producer:

Irving G. Thalberg

Cinematographer:

Ray June

Editor:

Margaret Booth

Production Designers:

Alexander Toluboff, Fredric Hope

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Lady Mary's Lover . According to a HR news item, exhibitors pressed M-G-M to change the title from Lady Mary's Lover back to Riptide , its original working title, in late Feb 1934. A late Nov 1933 FD news item announced that Zoë Akins had completed a screen treatment of the story, and early HR production charts credit Charles MacArthur, not Edmund Goulding, with writing the film's story. The exact nature of these writers' contributions, if any, is not known. For the last two-and-a-half weeks of production, Robert Z. Leonard replaced Goulding as director, according to a late Jan 1934 HR news item. After mid-Mar 1934 previews in Long Beach, CA, retakes were ordered by the studio. HR production charts add Donald Grieg, Samuel May and Peter Hobbes as cast members, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. The Call Bureau Cast Service lists Edward Nugent in the role of "Erskine," but that part was played by Skeets Gallagher. According to a production news item in MPH , the film was budgeted at over $500,000. As noted by many reviewers, Riptide was Norma Shearer's first production after an eighteenth-month hiatus from the screen that was precipitated by her husband Irving G. Thalberg's illness. Modern sources note that snow was brought in from the Sierra Mountains for use in the Alpine ... More Less

The working title of this film was Lady Mary's Lover . According to a HR news item, exhibitors pressed M-G-M to change the title from Lady Mary's Lover back to Riptide , its original working title, in late Feb 1934. A late Nov 1933 FD news item announced that Zoë Akins had completed a screen treatment of the story, and early HR production charts credit Charles MacArthur, not Edmund Goulding, with writing the film's story. The exact nature of these writers' contributions, if any, is not known. For the last two-and-a-half weeks of production, Robert Z. Leonard replaced Goulding as director, according to a late Jan 1934 HR news item. After mid-Mar 1934 previews in Long Beach, CA, retakes were ordered by the studio. HR production charts add Donald Grieg, Samuel May and Peter Hobbes as cast members, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. The Call Bureau Cast Service lists Edward Nugent in the role of "Erskine," but that part was played by Skeets Gallagher. According to a production news item in MPH , the film was budgeted at over $500,000. As noted by many reviewers, Riptide was Norma Shearer's first production after an eighteenth-month hiatus from the screen that was precipitated by her husband Irving G. Thalberg's illness. Modern sources note that snow was brought in from the Sierra Mountains for use in the Alpine scenes. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
21 Mar 34
p. 3.
Film Daily
28 Nov 33
p. 4.
Film Daily
31 Mar 34
p. 4.
HF
16 Dec 33
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jan 34
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jan 34
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Feb 34
p. 3, 6
Hollywood Reporter
12 Mar 34
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Mar 34
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
17 Mar 34
p. 46.
Motion Picture Herald
17 Feb 34
p. 11.
Motion Picture Herald
31 Mar 34
p. 50.
New York Times
31 Mar 34
p. 8.
Variety
3 Apr 34
p. 17.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Baby Marilyn Spinner
Robert A'Dair
Otto H. Fries
Fred W. Malatesta
Erin La Bissoniere
Emil Chautard
Herman Brix
Montague Shaw
Bobbie Bolder
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Fill-In dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
Mixer
SOURCES
SONGS
"We're Together Again," words and music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Lady Mary's Lover
Release Date:
30 March 1934
Production Date:
mid December 1933--late February 1934
retakes mid March 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Copyright Date:
26 March 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4628
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
90 or 92
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

While visiting New York City, Lord Philip Rexford, an English businessman, is invited to a "World of the Future" costume party and is sent a bizarre "Insect Man" outfit to wear. Also invited to the party is Mary, whose pre-ordered costume is as strange and difficult to put on as Philip's. When Philip and Mary meet on the way to the party, they decide to skip the ball and spend the evening together. After a whirlwind romance, Philip proposes to Mary, but she is reluctant to accept because of her less-than-virtuous past. Eventually, however, Philip convinces Mary that her past means nothing to him, and Mary, the wild American socialite, soon becomes Lady Rexford. Five years later, while Mary and Philip are living quietly in England with their young daughter Pamela, Philip announces that he must travel to America on a "men only" business trip. Depressed by Philip's departure, Mary accepts the invitation of his aunt, Hetty Riversleigh, to visit Cannes on a holiday. Although Hetty has been asked by Philip to look after Mary, the feisty matron encourages Mary to enjoy herself in the Riviera casinos. While partying, Mary hears that Tommie Trent, a notorious New York playboy and former admirer, is at the resort and finds him in his hotel room. Tommie, whose fast living and hard drinking have led him to suicidal despair, is rejuvenated by Mary's arrival and eagerly accompanies her to a high society party. After several glasses of champagne, the usually cyncial Tommie is overcome with romantic feelings and kisses Mary in an unguarded moment. Although Mary slips away and returns to her hotel, Tommie follows and ... +


While visiting New York City, Lord Philip Rexford, an English businessman, is invited to a "World of the Future" costume party and is sent a bizarre "Insect Man" outfit to wear. Also invited to the party is Mary, whose pre-ordered costume is as strange and difficult to put on as Philip's. When Philip and Mary meet on the way to the party, they decide to skip the ball and spend the evening together. After a whirlwind romance, Philip proposes to Mary, but she is reluctant to accept because of her less-than-virtuous past. Eventually, however, Philip convinces Mary that her past means nothing to him, and Mary, the wild American socialite, soon becomes Lady Rexford. Five years later, while Mary and Philip are living quietly in England with their young daughter Pamela, Philip announces that he must travel to America on a "men only" business trip. Depressed by Philip's departure, Mary accepts the invitation of his aunt, Hetty Riversleigh, to visit Cannes on a holiday. Although Hetty has been asked by Philip to look after Mary, the feisty matron encourages Mary to enjoy herself in the Riviera casinos. While partying, Mary hears that Tommie Trent, a notorious New York playboy and former admirer, is at the resort and finds him in his hotel room. Tommie, whose fast living and hard drinking have led him to suicidal despair, is rejuvenated by Mary's arrival and eagerly accompanies her to a high society party. After several glasses of champagne, the usually cyncial Tommie is overcome with romantic feelings and kisses Mary in an unguarded moment. Although Mary slips away and returns to her hotel, Tommie follows and tries to climb to her balcony. Drunk, Tommie slips while crossing a neighbor's balcony and falls two storeys. When Mary hears of Tommie's accident, she rushes to his hospital bedside and is caught in an innocent kiss by an American newspaper photographer. Back in England, Philip returns home amid rumors of Mary's "affair" and, while Mary maintains her innocence, finds himself filled with doubt and jealousy. To quell Philip's fears, Mary asks a recuperated Tommie to see her husband and reassure him that nothing serious happened in Cannes. Instead, Tommie's visit causes Philip to become more suspicious of Mary, and he soon begins to avoid her. Eventually Philip finds Mary at a party hosted by her sister and tells her that he wants a divorce. Crushed by Philip's assertion that she would be happier living her old, single life, Mary agrees to the divorce and retreats to a waiting Tommie. While Tommie and Mary pursue a romance in earnest, Philip hires detectives to investigate the Cannes affair. When he learns that Mary's version of the story is true, Philip wires her to come to St. Moritz, and she rushes to join him. Mary forgives Philip, but then learns that Tommie is on his way to St. Moritz to confront Philip. Worried that Philip will reject her if he finds out about her post-separation affair with Tommie, Mary lies about their relationship. Tommie, however, confesses to Philip his love for Mary, and Philip once again begins divorce proceedings. Moments before Mary, who has agreed to give up custody of Pamela, is to sail for America, however, Philip realizes he is still deeply in love with his wife, and they both agree to stay married. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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