Westward Passage

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Westward Passage
Westward Passage Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Milton
Produced by David O. Selznick
Harry Joe Brown (associate)
Screenplay by Bradley King
Humphrey Pearson
Based on the novel, Westward Passage 
by Margaret Ayer Barnes
Starring Ann Harding
Laurence Olivier
ZaSu Pitts
Irving Pichel
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Lucian Andriot
Edited by Charles Craft
Release dates
  • May 27, 1932 (1932-05-27) (US)[1]
Running time
73 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Westward Passage is a 1932 American Pre-Code drama film directed by Robert Milton and starring Ann Harding, Laurence Olivier, ZaSu Pitts and Irving Pichel.[2] A woman falls in love and marries, but soon discovers how unpleasant her new husband is.[3] The film marked Olivier's second major role in the United States. It was not a commercial or critical success, and Olivier did not make another film in America until 1939 when he starred in Wuthering Heights. The film recorded a loss of $250,000.[4]



(cast list as per AFI database)[1]


  1. ^ a b "Westward Passage: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ Westward Passage profile, imdb.com; accessed July 22, 2015.
  3. ^ Westward Passage profile, ftvdb.bfi.org.uk; accessed July 22, 2015.
  4. ^ Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p49