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Red Dust (1932)

Clark Gable , Jean Harlow , Victor Fleming  |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Gene Raymond, Mary Astor, Donald Crisp
  • Directors: Victor Fleming
  • Writers: Donald Ogden Stewart, John Lee Mahin, Wilson Collison
  • Producers: Hunt Stromberg, Irving Thalberg
  • Format: NTSC
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JP3J
  • Learn more about "Red Dust" on IMDb

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PRE-CODE DELIGHT August 9, 2001
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RED DUST has become a classic primarily because of the romantic teaming of Gable and Harlow in roles perfectly suited to his virile charm and her unique brand of earthy humour. The sexy team generated a lot of chemistry between them and the public was enthralled! Dennis Carson (Clark) manages a rubber plantation in Indochina. Vantine (Jean) is a shrewd, wisecracking blonde tart with a heart of gold who shows up unexpectedly and her sardonic wit is rampant throughout the film. Gable as the stalwart plantation overseer further solidified his reputation as a romantic leading man - but it's Harlow's portrayal of Vantine which really lingers in the memory. Shrewd, brassy, honest and sensuous, she is the quintessential tart with a golden heart; this is one of her prime roles. Mary Astor does okay in her role as the lady-like Barbara whereas Gene Raymond's interpretation of her husband verges on being trite as he hero worships Gable (until the conclusion). The Chinese houseboy would not be seen in todays films but Donald Crisp and Tully Marshall are fine as the guys who share their quarters with Dennis. Victor Fleming, who had persuaded a reluctant Gable to accept the role of Dennis skillfully directed the film with a primary emphasis on characterisation and atmosphere - the result is a movie which broke box office records in 1932 and remains unforgettable today.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gable and Harlow electrify the screen November 4, 2002
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"Red Dust" is a classic early 1930's drama filled with plenty of steamy sexual tension and barbed dialogue that would never have got by the censors later in that decade. The film at first glance really doesn't look like a typical MGM product what with its depiction of a seemy side of life not commonly associated with Metro products. Indeed it has an almost modern feel to some of the exchanges between the leading players and the situations it depicts...I strongly recommend "Red Dust" to you as a terrific tale of lust and passion,... pre code style. It is first and foremost an unforgettable Gable/Harlow teaming where you get to see the types of characters for which both are best known vividly acted out. Both made great films with other perfomers in the future but to see first hand what made the Gable/Harlow combination such magic on screen you need go no further than the classic "Red Dust".
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Imagine the lush heat of the jungle and the brutish, sex-starved men that live there. All that heat is present in Red Dust, the story of the manager of a rubber plantation (Clark Gable) and his lust for a prostitute (Jean Harlow) and a society wife (Mary Astor). This is heady stuff for the early 30s, but thankfully plenty passed by the lax censorship of the pre-code era. We've got it all with adultery, a bathing scene, and gunfire.

Besides the racy story, Red Dust has the benefit of an excellent cast, all in top form here. Harlow is sexy and full of personality here as Vantine. She has plenty of great quips, and her comedic timing with Willie Fung is excellent. Gable is Gable, strong and masculine as ever and taking no prisoners. Despite his tough exterior and his unapologetic tendency to use and abuse women, it is hard not to find him attractive. Astor is vulnerable and suseptible to his advances, but convincingly toggles between her lust for him and her love for her husband (Gene Raymond).

Red Dust is light years ahead of the remake also starring Gable called Mogambo. You'll find yourself watching it and re-watching it and never getting tired of it.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harlow steals the show! August 25, 2003
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As a diehard fan of Clark Gable I rented this movie for him and came out of it completely under the spell of Jean Harlow. Who cares what their personal lives were like, does it really matter? No, when they're on the screen together everything else just disappears. While some actresses seem to shrink in the presence of legends like Gable, Harlow actually steals scenes from him. Her tough talking Vantine is the one you're rooting for from the beginning. And when she's not on the screen the story gets a bit sappy and diluted. But as always she returns to save the day (and the picture) with her wise-cracking unapologetic manner. Hooray for Harlow and Gable! Whatever genius got them together on the screen did film fans everywhere a favor!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I'm Pollyanna the glad girl!" June 19, 2005
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Thanks to the pure-gold performances of Jean Harlow and Clark Gable, RED DUST remains an enjoyable early example of the melodrama potboiler genre. The story is based on the play by Wilson Collison, and centers around hard-nosed rubber plantation owner Carson (played by Clark Gable). Jean Harlow plays Vantine, a good-time girl on the run from the Saigon police. The two strike up an unlikely relationship, which is disrupted when an engineer (Gene Raymond) and his beautiful wife Barbara (Mary Astor) arrive. Carson and Barbara become inseparable, leading to a violent confrontation when the situation becomes too much to bear...

Mary Astor and Jean Harlow offer excellent performances as the women vying for Carson's love. Harlow utters some of her trademark zinger-quips and the movie is enlivened immensely by her presence. Also featuring Donald Crisp.

Later re-made in 1953 as MOGAMBO, with Clark Gable reprising his role opposite two new leading ladies (Ava Gardner in the Harlow role; Grace Kelly in the Astor role). RED DUST is a real masterpiece of melodrama, romance and action.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Harlow Performance
A true classic in DVD at last. Hoorah! Harlow is simply wonderful - dialogue is super - she and Gable had great chemistry. Nary a negative about this one!
Published 13 days ago by Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars It regrettable the disc is not as good as the movie
Clark Gable and Jean Harlow were outstanding and very appealing actors who played rolls quite well. The story and actors are believable. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Bruce Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great work.
Published 18 days ago by Larry Goldschmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gable and Harlow burn up the screen.
Published 3 months ago by Patrick W. Casale
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie for Clark and Jean Fans
When i happened to come across this movie, I realized I did not own it. I have yet to be disappointed in any Clark Gable films and have to say, I was NOT disappointed in this one. Read more
Published 9 months ago by NHMovieLover
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope I enjoy it.
I didn't even know about this movie. I ran across it by mistake. I have seen Mogambo and just love it and read that it was based on Red Dust and that both stared Clark Gable 20... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sherrill M. Meeks
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD-R Quality is A-OK
I was concerned about this being a DVD-R printed on demand, but I'm pleased to say that the picture quality is actually very good. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kristy
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Comedy Stars 2 of Hollywood's Most Enduring Stars.
Charming film that has 2 of Hollywood's most legendary stars in the lead roles - Clark Gable and the Platinum Jean Harlow. Read more
Published 12 months ago by E. Valero
5.0 out of 5 stars Gable and Harlowe- good team
If you have never seen any of the movies these two made together, you have missed a good time. They bounce the wise cracks off of one another with flair.
Published 13 months ago by KermReads
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorite films!
I've watched this one times than I can count. Some scenes in the movie are worthy of watching even on their own. Read more
Published 16 months ago by LAURETTA M COMPTON
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