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Shearer's last Pre-Code film, January 19, 2003

Riptide VHS Riptide VHS available on November 05 2014 from Amazon for 29.98
In this glossy MGM picture, "First Lady of the Screen", Norma Shearer, plays Mary, a reformed ex-liberated girl who marries into British Aristocracy, through the person of stuffy Lord Rexford, properly impersonated by reliable Herbert Marshall, who excelled in these type of roles, of dignified, formal and very moral husbands: I can remember "Blonde Venus" and "Angel", both opposite Marlene Dietrich, and "The Little Foxes" and "The Letter", both with Bette Davis, though one must never forget he once played brilliantly, a debonair crook and man of the world, in Lubitsch's masterpiece "Trouble in Paradise" (1932).

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I had been trying to find "Riptide" for my video collection for some time. I really have to thank Amazon.com for providing me the opportunity to buy this out-of-print gem (and their great customer service department). Norma Shearer was a great actress on her own (despite the fact that she was wife of MGM's head of production, Irving Thalberg, a.k.a. Louis B. Mayer's "wonder boy"). In "Riptide," Shearer plays Mary, a free spirit Park Avenue socialite who, through her overly-developed sense of responsibility to an old flame, becomes inadvertantly embroiled in a tabloid-type scandal. While her proper English husband (Herbert Marshall) must travel to the U.S.A. on a working "no-wives-allowed" junket, Mary travels the Meditteranean with friends and is persuaded to help sober up her old flame (Robert Montgomery). Through the classic comedy-of-errors formula, he winds up drunkenly falling off her balcony into the hotel cafe below. The...
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"Rip Tide", is not a film which is well known nowadays and like much of Norma Shearer's film work has been either forgotten or relegated to the late show. Despite getting a so so nod of approval from the critics at the time it was a very successful "comeback' vechicle for Norma after two years away from the screen caring for her ailing husband the MGM boy genius Irving Thalberg who was recovering from his first heart attack. Indeed if any film apart from the classic "Marie Antoniette", and "The Women" really showcases what the Shearer chic and sophistication were all about in the glamourous 1930's the glossy "Rip Tide" was it."Rip Tide" relates the story of life in high society for Park Avenue socialite Mary who finds herself at the pinnacle of social status by a chance meeting with an English Lord. On a whim after accidently meeting Lord Phillip Rexford (played in usual dull style by perrenial leading man Herbert Marshall) at a bizzare insect themed party Mary marries him...
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In this glossy MGM picture, "First Lady of the Screen", Norma Shearer, plays Mary, a reformed ex-liberated girl who marries into British Aristocracy, through the person of stuffy Lord Rexford, properly impersonated by reliable Herbert Marshall, who excelled in these type of roles, of dignified, formal and very moral husbands: I can remember "Blonde Venus" and "Angel", both opposite Marlene Dietrich, and "The Little Foxes" and "The Letter", both with Bette Davis, though one must never forget he once played brilliantly, a debonair crook and man of the world, in Lubitsch's masterpiece "Trouble in Paradise" (1932).
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