Thursday, May 24, 2007

Red Dust (1932)

***½
USA

Brando did in Streetcar and maybe Paul Newman did in a couple of things, but beyond that few men in Hollywood over the past century have oozed sex so effortlessly and overpoweringly as Clarke Gable does in this otherwise overwrought dinosaur about the sex life of a rubber plantation boss in Indochina. If Clarke Gable isn't your kind of thing - and even if he is - you also get to enjoy Jean Harlow taking a bubble bath in a barrel and saying some rather naughty things. As a prim wife temporarily disoriented by carnal impulses, Mary Astor gets in her way for a significant stretch and she's lovely, as ever, but misplaced.

dir: Victor Fleming
cast: Clarke Gable, Jean Harlow, Mary Astor, Gene Raymond, Donald Crisp, Tully Marshall, Forrester Harvey, Willie Fung

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