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Westward Passage (1932)

A struggling writer divorces his wife to pursue his career without interference, but they meet in Europe years later after she has remarried.

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Robert Milton

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Complete credited cast:
Ann Harding ... Olivia
Laurence Olivier ... Nick Allen
Zasu Pitts ... Mrs. Truesdale
Irving Pichel ... Harry Ottendorf
Juliette Compton ... Henrietta
Irene Purcell ... Baroness Diane von Stael
Emmett King Emmett King ... Mr. Henry Ottendorf
Florence Roberts ... Mrs. Ottendorf
Ethel Griffies ... Lady Caverly
Don Alvarado ... Count Felipe DeLatorie
Bonita Granville ... Little Olivia Allen (age 10)
Florence Lake ... Elmer's Wife
Edgar Kennedy ... Elmer
Herman Bing ... Otto Hoopengarner - the Dutchman
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Struggling writer Nick Allen and socialite Olivia Van Tyne marry and live frugally because Nick refuses to compromise his writing to satisfy his publisher. However, when they have an unwanted child, he does become a "hack" writer to feed the baby, little Olivia, and he resents it. Three years later, little Olivia interferes too much in his work, so he finds his own apartment and eventually divorces Olivia, who then marries gentle and kindly Harry Ottendorf. Not seeing each other for six more years, Olivia and Nick accidentally meet in Lucerne, Switzerland, while she, Harry and little Olivia are on vacation, and Nick, now a famous author, is on tour promoting his new book. When Harry has to go back to the States on business, Nick tries to rekindle Olivia's flickering love, but she repels him. Later, Olivia finds that Nick has also booked a room on the ship going home so they can take the westward passage together. Olivia is torn between her loyalty to Harry and her burgeoning love for ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

27 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Divorcio por amor See more »

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RKO Pathé Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Theatrical movie debut of Bonita Granville (Little Olivia Allen (age 10)). See more »

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Nick's telegram congratulating Olivia and Harry on their marriage is dated May 10 1928. Later scenes are supposed to take place six years later, despite the film having been released in 1932. See more »

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Olivia: I'd rather you made love to me without an audience.
Nick Allen: Audience?
Olivia: China boy.
Nick Allen: Oh, don't worry about Chung. He even bathes me.
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Nick Allen: Listen, dear, you wouldn't object to a goldfish in your bathroom, would you? Well, he's really just a goldfish, that's all. Yes, he does everything in this house, except write my books for me. I can't allow that.
Olivia: Can't see myself with a two-legged goldfish as a maid.
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Referenced in The Complete Citizen Kane (1991) See more »

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What'll I Do?
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Music by Irving Berlin
Duet played by Laurence Olivier and Ann Harding on the piano
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An early Laurence Olivier film, but the character he plays sinks the film.
3 February 1999 | by Art-22See all my reviews

The trouble with this film is the character played by Laurence Olivier. In the words of other characters in the movie, he is "selfish, self-centered, conceited and egotistical." I would add brash, argumentative and stubborn. In short, I hated his character, which ruined the film for me, even though without those qualities there would not have been a film. Apparently, 1932 audiences agreed with me; Olivier was persona non grata at RKO after this film lost $250,000 at the box office. Olivier went back to England and didn't make another film in America until Wuthering Heights (1939), when his talents were much more appreciated.

Besides being an early film of Olivier, this film is also noted for being the film debut of Bonita Granville, then ten years old. She gives a good performance, and you can see she is a natural born actress. The always lovely Ann Harding is also worth seeing, as well as Florence Lake and Edgar Kennedy, who have a nice bit of comic relief in one short scene aboard ship.


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