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Rich & Strange/The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1931)

Cast: Henry Kendall, Henry Kendall, Joan Barry, more...
Director: Alfred Hitchcock, Alfred Hitchcock
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Studio: Delta
Genre: Foreign, Classic Action/Adventure, Classic Action/Adventure, Adventure, Classic Action/Adventure, Seafaring, UK
Running Time: 107 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish, Japanese
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Synopsis
This atypical Alfred Hitchcock effort is a cautionary fable which lends credence to the old saw "Love flies out the door when money flies in the window." Joan Barry and Henry Kendall play a young married couple who suddenly come into an inheritance. Bored with their working-class existence, hero and heroine embark upon a world cruise, and it isn't long before Barry gets romantically involved with a landed-gentry gentleman. Meanwhile, Kendall is swept off his feet by a phony princess, who tricks him out of all his money. Broke and miserable, Barry and Kendall head home on a shabby cargo boat, only to find themselves in the middle of a shipwreck. The couple is rescued by a Chinese junk, where the solemn crew members dine on their pet cat. By the time Barry and Kendall have returned to their humble suburban lodgings, they've both learned the sagacity of remaining in their own back yard. Partly a sophisticated sex comedy, partly a grim seafaring melodrama, Rich and Strange had the negative effect of confusing the public in general and Hitchcock's fans in particular, and as a result the film, which remains one of Hitch's best early talkies, died at the box office. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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humourous and surreal love story by estherjane March 27, 2007 - 10:08 AM PDT
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While the story is one that I've seen a lot, especially in films of this period, this movie stands out stylistically. It has the appearance of an early experimental film. I wouldn't be surprised to see an excerpt in the Unseen Cinema collection. The Folies Bergere montage is very surreal, as is most of the quick cutting/ jump shots and industrial scenes in the first third of the film. The numerous Art Deco sets are outstanding.

There's a lot more humour in Rich and Strange than is Hitchcock's usual style. It holds up pretty well in this day and age, except for the unfortunate joke about the meal served by the Chinese sailors. If you can forgive him that, this is a fun movie to watch.




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