Riffraff (1936 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||J. Walter Ruben|
|Produced by||Irving Thalberg|
|Written by||Frances Marion
H. W. Hannaford
|Music by||Edward Ward|
|Editing by||Frank Sullivan|
|Release dates||January 3, 1936|
|Running time||94 minutes|
Spencer Tracy plays a rough and tough fisherman ("Dutch" Mueller), who leads in a strike with his fellow Fishery workers against the "fat-cat" owners of a Tuna cannery. The love interest Hattie (Jean Harlow), is also a Tuna cannery worker. Her character has a tough exterior with her "bombshell" good looks.
Jimmie (Mickey Rooney) plays a teenager, who is the Uncle of the two youngest children. They all live with; "Pops" (Roger Imhof), Hattie and his Aunt Lil (Una Merkel) together in the same small, apartment-like "shack" on the wharf. Aunt 'Lil runs the home.
The thuggish cannery owner, Nick Lewis (Joseph Calliea), is also trying to romance Hattie with his money & gifts. He has wealth, Dutch does not. Hattie falls for Dutch in the end but this antagonism creates many struggles throughout the film. Pete (William Newell) is a family friend along with many colorful characters in the movie.
The movie explores some cutting edge sub-themes that were socially current at the time of its release in 1936 release. Some scenes involve a woman having a baby while in prison, a hobo camp deep in the woods showing vagabonds, as well as worker strike scenes on the docks in the story.
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- Jean Harlow as Harriet "Hattie"/"Hat" Tuttle
- Spencer Tracy as Rudolph "Dutch" Muller
- Una Merkel as Lil Bundt
- Joseph Calleia as Nick Lewis
- Victor Kilian as "Flytrap"
- Mickey Rooney as Jimmy Thurger
- J. Farrell MacDonald as "Brains" McCall
- William Newell as "Pete"
- Roger Imhof as "Pops" Thurger
- Juanita Quigley as Rosie Bundt
- Paul Hurst as Red Belcher
- Vince Barnett as "Lew", a fisherman
- Dorothy Appleby as Gertie, a waitress
- Judith Wood as Mabel, a waitress
- Arthur Housman as Ratsy and Bugsy
- Wade Boteler as Detective Bert Scanlon
- Helene Costello as Maizie
- Rafaela Ottiano as Matron
According to MGM records the film earned $717,000 in the US and $330,000 elsewhere resulting in a loss of $63,000.
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
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