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That Was No Lady
This is a strage and disappointing film: an exotic romance gone wrong, and for a reason. Hedy plays an Asian "half-breed", an ugly phrase from our past that permits her character to suffer a tragic fate. Though her character is lovely and loargely sympathetic, she's also portrayed as primitive, duplicitous, unfaithful, and dangerous. There's a moral here, but it's not a pretty one: stick to your own kind, even if you're stuck with a spoiled rich white girl that Taylor is connected to at the start of the movie. By the way, this movie also features an early (debut?) performance of an American standard, "Every Time You Go Away (I Cry a Little) in another strange, throw-away version. You'd never guess that song had a future in a jazz version, but it's held up much longer than the movie. Wonder how many films were set in Viet Nahm before the '60's? What did we think that little country was like, based on the Hollywood fantasies? Good topic for a scholar.
Hedy Lamarr's Best Film
- Alex West
This is Hedy's best film it's definitely her most beautiful film. This was my very first Hedy Lamarr movie I had seen drinking a bottle of wine one late night in 2012. To bad this great movie is not available to the public on DVD, I have it on DVD thanks to my DVD recorder.
A surprise find!
Very good drama set in a world unfamiliar to most of us. Hedy Lamarr is simply stunningly beautiful in this film and her costuming is without equal. I was very surprised at just how much I enjoyed this film, as I had expected it to be a dreary view which it is not. The storyline is excellent!
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(If you cannot find the "Vote for the DVD" button, click on "More Reviews" at the bottom of the page. A TCM page with the "Vote now" button will appear.) Hedy Lamarr is exquisite in this film. The superb cinematography and beautiful costumes represent the Golden Age of Hollywood. I hope a DVD is released soon.
A beautiful, underrated melodrama
- Spotted Owl
"Lady of the Tropics" (1939) is a romantic melodrama set in Indochina (now Vietnam). This excellent and underrated film should be on DVD. Hedy Lamarr gives a poignant performance as Manon de Vargnes. The film has a good storyline involving love, racism, power, revenge and personal sacrifice. The sets and costumes are lavish. The exotic scenes at Angkor Wat with the temple dancers are beautiful. The moonlight scenes are romantic. Hedy Lamarr wears lovely gowns with native embroidery, and veils with beads. Lamarr looks like a goddess in a glittering Indochinese costume. Gloria Franklin sings a heartbreaking torch song. The film received an Oscar nomination for best black and white cinematography. Five stars.
Hedy is Delicious. A must see movie.
- Clement - Fort Myers
This is one of Hedy's most sensitive performances and she dominates this picture. Her chemistry with Robert Taylor is sweet and enduring. She is not made a fool of and her performance is as fine as any Hollywood actress of the era, indeed her intuitive acting is superior in many ways. This is an interesting historical period piece as well, illustrating probably more accurately than not what the western attitude toward oriental peoples was like before WWII. And I would be remiss if I didn't mention that Hedy is as beautiful as a woman can be, you just can't take your eyes off her. See this move and it will make you a believer. One of my favorite Hedy's.
lady of the tropics
- louis figueras
An excellent cast and interesting story. Hedy Lamarr is , as usual, extraordinarily beautiful. When will this movie be available on DVD for sale ? Soon I hope.
I enjoyed this movie!
- Linda J.
Pay no attention to the TCM article about this movie, which gives it a very poor review. The movie was actually a very pleasant surprise for me, and I really liked it! I love Hedy, and I thought she was great here. The story kept me engaged the entire time and the ending is quite bittersweet.
Este flme formidvel. Espetacular ver a beleza de HEDY LAMARR. Seu brilho unico neste filme junto com Robert Taylor que arranca lgrimas dos olhos e emociona. Um filme lindo.