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The Rich are Always with Us (1932)

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  • Actors: George Brent, Bette Davis, John Miljan, Adrienne Dore, John Wray Ruth Chatterton
  • Directors: Alfred E. Green
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005UZNCB4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,328 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The richest woman in the world (Ruth Chatterton) has everything money can buy. But with her heart torn between her faithless husband and an ardent writer (George Brent), she can't have the one thing every woman wants: happiness. Herbert Hoover was still President and the Depression was at its most depressing when this delicious wallow in uptown romance hit the Bijou, featuring an electric performance by young Bette Davis as a society girl also enamored of the writer. This wasn't the end of Davis' relationship with Brent. They would make 11 films together, including Jezebel and Dark Victory. It wasn't the end of the Chatterton-Brent relationship, either: the on-screen lovers married soon after the film opened.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Ruth Chatterton is the name above the title in this 1932 pre-code melodrama. She was the new "Queen of the Warner Brothers Lot" having just signed a million dollar contract with Warner's when she Kay Francis and William Powell bolted from Paramount in 1932 for huge paydays. And for all of them the descesion to relocate to Warner's would prove to be an unhappy choice.

Ms.Chatterton was highly regarded as one of the greatest actresses of the early 1930s filmdom, but she and the Brother's Warner could never find the right combination of film roles to keep her stardom intact and by 1935 she had faded and was dropped by Warner's.

This early film is actually one of her better Warner's productions and it benifits from a very strong supporting cast. Chatterton plays the very rich, bored and {ulitimately} betrayed wife of a shady stockbroker {a smooth and supercillious John Miljan} who is carrying on with a younger women {Adrienne Dore} When she finds out she quickly divorces him, he marries his mistress and in retaliation her friends " enmass " withdraw their money from his business. Facing financial ruin a drunk Miljan gets in a crash that kills his wife and severely injures him which complicates Chatterton's on-going dalliance with a writer with whom she falls in love - a young George Brent who never looked better and {as usual} beautifully underplays his role.

Plot complication after complication then ensue to prevent them from getting together - some of which in 2013 appear to be very tugid and contrived. But the chief fascination of this film is how a very young, blonde, slim and attractive Bette Davis plays against and almost {but not quite} steals the movie from Ms. Chatterton.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bette Davis shines in this early supporting role December 26, 2012
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I have been buying all of the Archive Collection releases with Bette Davis and this was from the "Remastered Edition".
The quality of the image is really good, absolutely no complaints there. The sound is ok, I mean, it can't really be bettered unless they spend a fortune on reworking it, it's what it sounded like when it was filmed.

I believe it's my first Chatterton movie I have watched. I wasn't impressed by her. Not by her looks nor by her acting, which to be honest, leaves a lot to be desired. There are shades of silent acting at times, which is weird because she didn't do too many silent roles to pick up these habits and not lose them in three years of speakies. Quite frankly, I don't know what the "moderate" fuss about her is.
She plays a character that on paper you'd want to hate, but she is extremely likeable.
As usual, these early movies depict society in a weird way.
Chatterton and Davis are in love with the same man (George Brent, Davis' very frequent co-star), they are best friends (something I caught up with about halfway in the movie) and yet they don't fight about him, have resentment, nothing. Also Chatterton leaves Brent hanging for quite a while, a number of times. He'd love to marry her, but she's still in love with the husband she divorced because he fell in love with blonde snob. He also still loves Chatterton. Why did they get a divorce? Beats me.
Anyway, the sets look great, clothes do too, gowns shine.
What impressed me the most (or, should I say, the only thing that did) was Davis' performance. I have seen about half her movies (despite owning all of them) including several early 30s ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. November 7, 2013
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I am just beginning to find and enjoy Ruth Chatterton movies. She was wonderful in Dodsworth and thought I would try another one of hers.
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Amazing movie.
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