Rip Tide

Rip Tide

Director: Edmund Goulding, Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Herbert Marshall

Cast: Edmund Goulding, Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Herbert Marshall

     
 
A few unique touches aside -- notably the opening costume-party scene, in which the revellers are dressed as insects -- Rip Tide is a standard-issue Norma Shearer soap opera. Shearer plays Mary, a footloose and fancy-free American heiress who weds British nobleman Lord Rexford (Herbert Marshall). Five years later, Rexford embarks upon a business trip to New

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A few unique touches aside -- notably the opening costume-party scene, in which the revellers are dressed as insects -- Rip Tide is a standard-issue Norma Shearer soap opera. Shearer plays Mary, a footloose and fancy-free American heiress who weds British nobleman Lord Rexford (Herbert Marshall). Five years later, Rexford embarks upon a business trip to New York, while Mary, urged on by her fun-loving aunt, vacations on the Riviera. Here she is reacquainted with her ex-boyfriend Tommie (Robert Montgomery), whose drunken misbehavior causes scandal to befall them both. Refusing to hear Mary's side of the story, Rexford begins divorce proceedings, but a happy ending finally manifests itself after reels and reels of endless high-toned dialogue. Legendary stage star Mrs. Patrick Campbell makes her Hollywood film debut in Rip Tide as Shearer's all-knowing Aunt Hetty, while Walter Brennan and Bruce Bennett show up in microscopic bit roles.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Riptide, written and directed by Edmund Goulding and produced by Irving Thalberg, was the kind of romantic comedy/drama that MGM rattled off with ease in the mid-1930's. Hopelessly swamped by its upscale setting and characters, who move amid its lavish settings and costumes, it oozed class consciousness and high-toned dialogue in its time, spiced by the sheer superciliousness of its characters' needs and concerns -- Lord Rexford (Herbert Marshall) and his valet drolly observing the ridiculousness of the "insect man" costume that he has been told to wear to an impending party; the whirlwind courtship of Rexford and Mary (Norma Shearer); and Mrs. Patrick Campbell's wry-witted and knowing persona, as Mary's aunt; and Robert Montgomery as her cheerful ex-beau Tommie. And there is the plot's emphasis in one point on drinking alcohol -- and Mary's and Tommie's consequent tipsiness -- which was then a newly-restored legal and public pleasure in 1934 (and worked its way into lots of scripts at the time), for an overlooked piece of period detail. It all seemed pleasant but trivial when it was released, and for years after. Thanks to the spirited performances of the players, however, and exquisite photography of Ray June -- and the sets by Edwin Willis, and costumes and art direction by Adrian, Fredric Hope and Alexander Tubuloff -- the movie has now aged gracefully into a fine-looking period piece. The plot is still only a diverting trifle, but the style of the performances and the look of the movie have given it an extra-special appeal 75 years on. And for those who wonder what Montgomery's and Sheeter's appeal was in their time, this is as good a vehicle as any to observe it on screen.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2010
UPC:
0883316242162
Original Release:
1934
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
37,575

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Norma Shearer Mary Rexford
Robert Montgomery Tommy Trent
Herbert Marshall Lord Philip Rexford
Patrick Campbell Lady Hetty Riversleigh
Ralph Forbes David Fenwick
Lilyan Tashman Sylvia
George K. Arthur Bertie Davis
Robert A'Dair Bartender
Harry Allen Fire Chief
T. Roy Barnes Clogg
Cosmo Kyrle Bellew Bits at Aunt Hetty's
Herman Brix Bit
Robert Bolder Actor
Barlowe Borland Nightingale the Butler
Walter Brennan Actor
Elsa Buchanan Daphne
Herbert Bunston Maj. Bagdall
Emile Chautard Doctor
Andre Cheron Surete Officer
E.E. Clive Sleigh Driver
Cora Sue Collins Child
Horace Cooper General
George Cowl Actor
Helen Jerome Eddy Celeste
Herbert Evans Actor
Otto H. Fries Doorman
Richard "Skeets" Gallagher Erskine
Victor Gammon Actor
Ferdinand Gottschalk Orchestra Leader
Lawrence Grant Farrington
Ramsay Hill Sir Geoffrey Mapel
Halliwell Hobbes Bollard
Art Jarrett Percy
Anderson Lawler Henry
Nola Luxford English Girl
Fred Malatesta Headwaiter
Stanley Mann Chauffeur
Francisco Maran French Butler
Louis Mercier Concierge
Earl Oxford Freddie
Paul Porcasi House Detective
Charles Requa Maj. Mills
Lillian Rich Girl
Des Roberts Hotel Manager
Adrian Rosley Hotel Manager
Clarissa Selwynne Mrs. Bagdall
C. Montague Shaw Tring
Donald Stuart Reporter
Arthur Treacher Reporter
Leo White Assistant Manager
Conrad Seidemann German Porter
Erin La Bissoniere French Woman
Constant Franke Waiter

Technical Credits
Edmund Goulding Director,Screenwriter
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Margaret Booth Editor
Frederic Hope Art Director
Ray June Cinematographer
Irving G. Thalberg Producer
Alexander Toluboff Art Director
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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