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Victor Fleming (1889–1949)

Author of The Wizard of Oz [1939 film]

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Works by Victor Fleming

The Wizard of Oz [1939 film] (1939) — Director — 1,368 copies
Gone with the Wind [1939 film] (1939) — Director — 1,022 copies
A Star Is Born [1937 film] (1937) — Director — 65 copies
Captains Courageous [1937 film] (1996) — Director — 52 copies
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [1941 film] (1941) — Director — 34 copies
Joan of Arc [1948 film] (1948) — Director — 32 copies
Treasure Island [1934 film] (1934) — Director — 28 copies
5 Film Collection: Musicals (2015) — Director — 26 copies
The Good Earth [1937 film] (1937) — Director — 21 copies
Red Dust [1932 film] (1987) 18 copies
TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Horror (2009) — Director — 12 copies
A Guy Named Joe [1943 film] (1943) — Director — 11 copies
Bombshell [1933 film] (2012) 10 copies
Tortilla Flat [1942 film] (1942) — Director — 9 copies


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Common Knowledge



This swiftly paced film from the early 1930s has star power to burn and a story full of raw sensuality. For a director often viewed as a man's director, Victor Fleming elicits some strikingly feminine performances from Jean Harlow and more notably, Mary Astor. Remade in lusty fashion 21 years later by John Ford, with Gable in the lead again, that version has color and two gorgeous stars, in Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly. Yet the original edges it out, the difference being Astor — which might come as a surprise to those who only remember her from The Maltese Falcon. There is an aching and repressed sensuality in her performance that shows why she was considered such hot stuff, both on and off-screen. Her diaries published in 1936 caused quite a stir.

The story revolves around the rubber plantation deep in the jungle that Dennis Carson (Clark Gable) oversees. This is a man's world, harsh and unforgiving. Then in pops the wonderful and talky Vantine (Jean Harlow). Seeking haven till her lifestyle blows over and she can head back, she adds something new to the mix, but it’s nothing Dennis hasn't seen before. When he does finally come around, and takes advantage of what she's offering, she falls hard, caring about the man rather than his wallet. But Dennis drops her like a hot potato when his new surveyor, Gary Willis (Gene Raymond), shows up with his elegant wife Barbara in tow. Astor is gorgeous and Dennis begins to plot and scheme for her while her husband has the fever, Harlow watching and waiting for the outcome.

Tigers, rain, and the fever and a storm wear down Astor’s resistance, and then she can’t get it out of her mind. A rain-covered Astor is wonderfully — and perhaps surprisingly — sexy. Her Barbara’s sensual elegance seems ready to spill out uncontrollably if she can't get hold of herself. Astor is amazing here, as you can really feel the turmoil and fear she has of cheating on her sweet husband. All the while the wise and earthy Vantine waits for Dennis to do the right thing. Harlow is also terrific here, her sharp chatter masking a real love for Dennis. She hopes he'll come around, and be a better guy. But when he does come around, it might be too late, as passions have boiled over. Harlow's smarter than she looks Vantine might be fast enough on her feet to turn everything right though. Maybe…maybe not.

Photographer Harold Rosson and film editor Blanche Sewell make the set decor of Cedric Gibbons and costumes of Adrian look beautiful in a jungle filled with rain and danger, and seething passions. Fleming moves things at a lightning pace, with a cast of screen veterans like Tully Marshall and Donald Crisp lending support to John Mahin's screenplay. Such a good job was done here, that the story’s stage origins can hardly be detected. An outdoor adventure of hard men and what happens when women are thrown into the mix, Red Dust is a fabulous early sound film still enjoyable today. Harlow has the reputation, but wait till you get a load of Astor soaking wet!
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Matt_Ransom | 1 other review | Nov 20, 2023 |
I grew up watching this movie. It was the most magical thing I had ever seen or imagined. I waited for it to air once a year.
Eurekas | 10 other reviews | Aug 23, 2021 |
Scarlett is a woman who can deal with a nation at war, Atlanta burning, the Union Army carrying off everything from her beloved Tara, the carpetbaggers who arrive after the war. Scarlett is beautiful. She has vitality. But Ashley, the man she has wanted for so long, is going to marry his placid cousin, Melanie. Mammy warns Scarlett to behave herself at the party at Twelve Oaks. There is a new man there that day, the day the Civil War begins. Rhett Butler.
Produced before MP Ratings; Today's rating would likely be Rated PG… (more)
SITAG_Family | 5 other reviews | Jul 13, 2021 |
Dorothy Gale is swept away from her home in Kansas to the magical Land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home and help her friends as well.
Rated G however young children are often scared by witches and flying monkeys
SITAG_Family | 10 other reviews | Jul 13, 2021 |



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