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Lady of the Tropics(1939)

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When destitute playboy Bill Carey arrives in Saigon on a yacht owned by Alfred Z. Harrison, an American millionaire whose daughter Dolly he plans to marry, he meets exotic half-caste Manon De Vargnes, falls violently in love and jumps ship. Manon, tortured by her status as an outcast, and denied a passport because of her mixed birth, dreams of going to Paris, and at first sees Bill as her ticket out of Saigon. She soon falls in love with the kind Bill, however, and agrees to give up a planned marriage with a rich Asian nobleman. Their romance incurs the wrath of Peter Delaroch, another wealthy man, who is also a half-caste who desires Manon for himself. His enormous political power insures that he gets what he wants, and to avoid Delaroch's advances, Manon promises to marry him, even though she has already accepted Bill's proposal. Father Antione warns Bill about becoming involved with an inscrutable half-caste, but Bill ignores his warnings and marries Manon anyway. After her wedding, Pierre prevents Manon from leaving the country by ordering the governor to refuse her a passport. As Bill's his funds are exhausted, the destitute Manon arranges a job for her husband at one of Delaroch's rubber companies in exchange for her honor. On leave from the rubber plantation, Bill learns the terrible price that his wife has paid when he receives an anonymous item from a society column which mentions that Manon and Delaroch had gone to see the opera Manon Lescont together. At first Bill thinks that the incident was innocent, but when Manon tells him that she has finally gotten a passport to leave Saigon, and he later finds Delaroch's cigar case among Manon's things, he becomes enraged and determines to kill their tormentor. Manon deprives Bill of revenge however, by shooting Delaroch herself, then returns to her hotel room and turns the gun on herself. When Bill discovers that Manon has killed Delaroch, he rushes home and begs her to leave the country with him to avoid her arrest, but it is too late to save her. When she realizes that Bill still loves her and has forgiven her, she is able to die happily in his arms, holding her passport in her hand.