Rotten Tomatoes
Cancel Movies Tv shows Shop News Showtimes

Lady of the Tropics

1939 1h 32m Drama List
Reviews 56% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
Biracial beauty Manon De Vargnes (Hedy Lamarr) wants to get out of Saigon, Vietnam, but because of her half-caste status, she finds it impossible to obtain a passport. She initially sees downtrodden American Bill Carey (Robert Taylor) as merely her ticket out, but the pair soon fall in love. Half-caste millionaire Pierre Delaroch (Joseph Schildkraut), however, desires Manon for himself. When Manon and Bill marry, Pierre is furious and he uses his influence to undermine the lovers at every turn. Read More Read Less

Critics Reviews

View All (2) Critics Reviews
Elena de la Torre Cine-Mundial Besides being a woman of exceptional photogenic beauty, Hedy Lamarr could be a terrific artist with great role in her charge. How we would like the producers, at least once, to take into account our modest opinion! [Full review in Spanish] May 24, 2021 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Ridiculous and unbearable romantic melodrama. Rated: C+ Aug 16, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

Audience Reviews

View All (6) audience reviews
Russ G A love story turned melodramatic tearjerker, but worth watching if only for the close-ups of gorgeous Miss Lamarr on the silver screen. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/25/22 Full Review Tom M Wow! As this movie progressed, I thought, is every character an idiot (other than maybe the priest)? Every decision Taylor and Lamarr made was wrong and they believed everything they were told (despite the fact that the priest warned 'she will lie' right from the beginning). But ... I'd watch it again with the volume off just see Lamarr. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 06/02/20 Full Review Audience Member With all the stars and money MGM threw at the screen, their rate of abysmal failure was very high. Who was responsible for this, and for the hundreds of other failures that were predestined from the beginning as losers? Can you imagine what a person who understood talent could have produced? Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Beautifully acted by Hedy Lamar & Robert Taylor, both superb actors. Hedy Lamar was on of the most beautiful women who ever lived.... And her acting was equally beautiful. This movie is about an earlier era, pre WW2, and a different civilization, Colonial French Indochina. Yet, it explores themes that are very contemporary: Corruption, bureaucracy, racism, cruelty, love, self sacrifice .... and the tragic unfairness of life itself. Hedy Lamar makes it work very well....She is simply luminous *This was available on TCM Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member heddy is simply luscious in another 'exotic locale pic' shot on the backlot Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member It's a pretty slow moving film, but I think this is my favorite Hedy Lamarr picture. For such a captivating actress, who was actually quite popular and successful in her day, it's disappointing that she never appeared in one great film. Robert Taylor is a playboy in French Indochina who falls for the lovely mixed race beauty Lamarr. A majority of the film involves the couple trying to get a passport for Lamarr to leave the country. There are interesting story points involving discrimination towards Lamar's character by both the rich white foreigners and the Indochina natives. I'll also give the film credit for keeping me in suspense as to whether it would end happily or in tragedy, which it could easily have ended in either. The film was written by the great Ben Hecht (Notorious, His Girl Friday, Spellbound, Scarface), but the slow pace and a rather melodramatic third act drag down what could have been Lamarr's one great film. It's a definite must see for Lamarr fans! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
Lady of the Tropics

My Rating

Read More Read Less POST RATING WRITE A REVIEW EDIT REVIEW

Cast & Crew

Movie Info

Synopsis Biracial beauty Manon De Vargnes (Hedy Lamarr) wants to get out of Saigon, Vietnam, but because of her half-caste status, she finds it impossible to obtain a passport. She initially sees downtrodden American Bill Carey (Robert Taylor) as merely her ticket out, but the pair soon fall in love. Half-caste millionaire Pierre Delaroch (Joseph Schildkraut), however, desires Manon for himself. When Manon and Bill marry, Pierre is furious and he uses his influence to undermine the lovers at every turn.
Director
Jack Conway
Producer
Sam Zimbalist
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Feb 23, 2016
Runtime
1h 32m