Lady of the Tropics (1939)

91 mins | Melodrama | 11 August 1939

Director:

Jack Conway

Writer:

Ben Hecht

Producer:

Sam Zimbalist

Cinematographer:

George Folsey

Editor:

Elmo Veron

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

According to a news item in HR , director Leslie Fenton filmed additional scenes for this film when Jack Conway became ill. Another item in HR adds that as a result of her work in this picture, Mary Taylor was signed to a new long-term M-G-M contract. This was Hedy Lamarr's first film under contract to M-G-M and the only film in which she co-starred with Robert ... More Less

According to a news item in HR , director Leslie Fenton filmed additional scenes for this film when Jack Conway became ill. Another item in HR adds that as a result of her work in this picture, Mary Taylor was signed to a new long-term M-G-M contract. This was Hedy Lamarr's first film under contract to M-G-M and the only film in which she co-starred with Robert Taylor. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
3 Aug 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
15 Aug 39
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Apr 39
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Apr 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jun 39
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jul 39
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Aug 39
p. 11.
Motion Picture Daily
9 Aug 39
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
3 Jun 39
p. 35.
Motion Picture Herald
12 Aug 39
p. 47.
New York Times
8 Sep 39
p. 28.
Variety
9 Aug 39
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Fill-In dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
Men's costumes
MUSIC
Mus score
Opera seq staging
SOUND
Rec dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech dir
Unit mgr
Prod asst
STAND INS
Voice double for Gloria Franklin in "Each Time I S
SOURCES
SONGS
"Each Time You Say Goodbye (I Die a Little)," music and lyrics by Phil Ohman and Foster Carling.
DETAILS
Release Date:
11 August 1939
Production Date:
24 April--late June 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
9 August 1939
Copyright Number:
LP9053
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
91
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5493
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

When destitute playboy Bill Carey arrives in Saigon on a yacht owned by Alfred Z. Harrison, an American millionaire whose daughter Dolly he plans to marry, he meets exotic half-caste Manon De Vargnes, falls violently in love and jumps ship. Manon, tortured by her status as an outcast, and denied a passport because of her mixed birth, dreams of going to Paris, and at first sees Bill as her ticket out of Saigon. She soon falls in love with the kind Bill, however, and agrees to give up a planned marriage with a rich Asian nobleman. Their romance incurs the wrath of Peter Delaroch, another wealthy man, who is also a half-caste who desires Manon for himself. His enormous political power insures that he gets what he wants, and to avoid Delaroch's advances, Manon promises to marry him, even though she has already accepted Bill's proposal. Father Antione warns Bill about becoming involved with an inscrutable half-caste, but Bill ignores his warnings and marries Manon anyway. After her wedding, Pierre prevents Manon from leaving the country by ordering the governor to refuse her a passport. As Bill's his funds are exhausted, the destitute Manon arranges a job for her husband at one of Delaroch's rubber companies in exchange for her honor. On leave from the rubber plantation, Bill learns the terrible price that his wife has paid when he receives an anonymous item from a society column which mentions that Manon and Delaroch had gone to see the opera Manon Lescont together. At first Bill thinks that the incident was innocent, but when Manon tells him that she has finally gotten ... +


When destitute playboy Bill Carey arrives in Saigon on a yacht owned by Alfred Z. Harrison, an American millionaire whose daughter Dolly he plans to marry, he meets exotic half-caste Manon De Vargnes, falls violently in love and jumps ship. Manon, tortured by her status as an outcast, and denied a passport because of her mixed birth, dreams of going to Paris, and at first sees Bill as her ticket out of Saigon. She soon falls in love with the kind Bill, however, and agrees to give up a planned marriage with a rich Asian nobleman. Their romance incurs the wrath of Peter Delaroch, another wealthy man, who is also a half-caste who desires Manon for himself. His enormous political power insures that he gets what he wants, and to avoid Delaroch's advances, Manon promises to marry him, even though she has already accepted Bill's proposal. Father Antione warns Bill about becoming involved with an inscrutable half-caste, but Bill ignores his warnings and marries Manon anyway. After her wedding, Pierre prevents Manon from leaving the country by ordering the governor to refuse her a passport. As Bill's his funds are exhausted, the destitute Manon arranges a job for her husband at one of Delaroch's rubber companies in exchange for her honor. On leave from the rubber plantation, Bill learns the terrible price that his wife has paid when he receives an anonymous item from a society column which mentions that Manon and Delaroch had gone to see the opera Manon Lescont together. At first Bill thinks that the incident was innocent, but when Manon tells him that she has finally gotten a passport to leave Saigon, and he later finds Delaroch's cigar case among Manon's things, he becomes enraged and determines to kill their tormentor. Manon deprives Bill of revenge however, by shooting Delaroch herself, then returns to her hotel room and turns the gun on herself. When Bill discovers that Manon has killed Delaroch, he rushes home and begs her to leave the country with him to avoid her arrest, but it is too late to save her. When she realizes that Bill still loves her and has forgiven her, she is able to die happily in his arms, holding her passport in her hand. +

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