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The Rich Are Always With Us (1932)
The ten year marriage of of Caroline Van Dyke and Greg Grannard is falling apart. A young woman, Allison, plots to become his second wife. Caroline's friend, novelist Julian, has long loved her and now sees his chance, but she refuses him and goes to Paris to file for divorce.
Julian follows but on hearing that Greg has fallen on financial hardship Caroline returns to help him. Greg tells Caroline that his now-wife Allison is pregnant and Caroline realizes that she loves Julian and to travel to China with him and be married. Allison and Greg have a bitter row in the car, which then smashes into a tree killing Allison and injuring Greg.
Caroline tells Julian she will stay with Greg until he is well, but marries Julian in the hospital with a promise to join him as soon as she can.
Ruth Chatterton ... Caroline Grannard
George Brent ... Julian Tierney
Bette Davis ... Malbro
John Miljan ... Greg Grannard
Adrienne Dore ... Allison Adair
John Wray ... Clark Davis
Robert Warwick ... The Doctor
Walter Walker ... Dante
Virginia Hammond ... Flo
Berton Churchill ... Judge Bradshaw
Where in the world did the screenwriters come up with such a first name? It is attached to the flirty character very well played by Bette Davis.
Ruth Chatterton was always good. She and Davis are both rich (though exactly what the origin of the axiom in the title is, I\'m not sure.) She is married to an insufferable stuffed shirt. George Brent is also interested in her. Why she wants to stay with her husband is unclear. It\'s not as if he\'s faithful.
Chatterton is not well served by the film. She is costumed and made up in a highly unflattering way. Superb film actress though she was, even in 1932, she was no spring chicken. And the movie is filmed in a way that accents this.
The situations are a tiny bit racy but don\'t accept an ooh-la-la sort of pre-Code movie. It\'s a drawing room comedy of a second- or third-tier. Davis\'s character\'s name is probably the most memorable thing about it.
Almost silly plot but the three stars are very good. Ruth Chatterton plays the \"richest woman in America\" who has had a string of bad marriages but is being romanced by novelist George Brent. He is pursued by \"the pest of Park Avenue,\" Bette Davis. Chatterton loses current husband (John Miljan) to gold digging Adrienne Dore.
Chatterton runs off to Paris for a divorce while Davis pursues Brent. Brent goes to Paris after the divorce but Chatterton can\'t make up her mind. He goes to Romania! Back in New York, Chatterton learns that the new wife is pregnant and that Brent and Davis are an item. Wrong on both counts. Things come to a head when Chatterton learns Brent is planning a year in China to write. That settles it.
The next morning the trampy wife can\'t wait to break the news of the evening\'s romance but Davis decks her and throws her out of her house. The old husband and trampy wife crash into a tree on their way back to town. She croaks but the mangled husband is calling out for Chatterton......
Total drivel but entertaining because of some snappy dialog and three tops stars.
Berton Churchill, Sam McDaniel, Cecil Cunningham, Walter Walker, Virginia Hammond co-star......
Although the film reads as a fairly typical marriage / divorce romance film, Bette Davis stands out as a feisty third wheel to George Brent and Ruth Chatterton. She is at her most playful and spirited in the scene in Brent\'s apartment before he leaves for Europe. Wonderful stuff.