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4.0 out of 5 stars Likeable early comedy by Hitchcock
Made in 1932, this early Hitchcock-comedy still looks very modern. A husband and wife, struggling to survive, suddenly inherit a huge sum of money and decide to spend it on a cruise around the world. Thus follows a series of events, countless mishaps and hubby and wife are both romanced. Jealousy, disaster but a lot of fun. No masterpiece, but a good, small film, showing...
Published on 18 Nov 2000 by Mr Kooistra

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2.0 out of 5 stars Action /Adventure on the high seas
"Rich and Strange" is an early Hitchcock film , which does have its moments , but which overall is fairly forgettable. It is a romantic comedy cum adventure film, set for the most part on a cruise liner heading from Marseilles to Singapore. A bored, young married couple get bequeathed some money ,head off on the holiday of a lifetime and en route they find alternative...
Published on 12 April 2006 by L. Davidson


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Action /Adventure on the high seas, 12 April 2006
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L. Davidson (Belfast, N.Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rich and Strange [DVD] (1931) (DVD)
"Rich and Strange" is an early Hitchcock film , which does have its moments , but which overall is fairly forgettable. It is a romantic comedy cum adventure film, set for the most part on a cruise liner heading from Marseilles to Singapore. A bored, young married couple get bequeathed some money ,head off on the holiday of a lifetime and en route they find alternative partners to spice up their love lives ,while later on a shipwreck almost turns their trip into a disaster. There is not a lot of dialogue in "Rich and Strange", but the picture quality and sound are good. There are not many characteristically Hitchcockian moments in the film , but the wide range of exotic locations and the dramatic finale give a hint of things to come from the great director, like in the 1940 film "Foreign Correspondent" for instance.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rich, strange and rather unengaging, 15 Feb 2012
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Henry Turner (Manchester, UK) - See all my reviews
Made at a time when directors were still getting used to the innovation of sound in films, Rich and Strange has many of the strengths of the silent period and some of the weaknesses. The opening of the film is, perhaps, one of its high points - a brilliantly choreographed, wordless sequence of workers leaving the office and travelling home on the Tube. Here you can clearly see the mastery of Hitchcock at work. Another plus is the delightful performance of the beautiful Joan Barry, one of the earliest Hitchcock blondes. Elsewhere, the film is let down by a weak script with odd narrative jumps. Hitchcock's extensive and imaginative use of models can be magically charming (a liner passing through the Suez Canal) or just daft (a Chinese junk that looks as if it's 10cm high and made by a 5 year old). Sensitive viewers should be aware of a rather jarring scene in which a cat comes to a gruesome end while Hitchcock underlines an unfortunate stereotype about Chinese people.

The picture quality is largely great though the digital remastering makes some of the deep scratches look rather odd. The sound is very good for a film of this period, though some of it is indistinct and in one scene it is terrible.

Other than a limited stills gallery the only extra is a very dull, subtitled introduction to the film by Noel Simsolo. Not a patch on the quality of the extras provided by Universal on their Hitchcock discs.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Likeable early comedy by Hitchcock, 18 Nov 2000
This review is from: Rich And Strange [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Made in 1932, this early Hitchcock-comedy still looks very modern. A husband and wife, struggling to survive, suddenly inherit a huge sum of money and decide to spend it on a cruise around the world. Thus follows a series of events, countless mishaps and hubby and wife are both romanced. Jealousy, disaster but a lot of fun. No masterpiece, but a good, small film, showing the talents of the greatest director of the 20th century.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Humorous and Light, Hitch before he was Suspense...., 15 Jun 2012
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Tim Kidner "Hucklebrook Hound" (Salisbury, UK) - See all my reviews
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Rich & Strange, part of my 5 disc The Hitchcock Collection box-set is essentially a World whistle-stop Tour, taken by 1930's 'Society' and which could only be beyond the wildest dreams of your average, everyday working couple.

So, when the Hill's - Fred & Emily (I think he's a clerk) get a letter conveniently announcing that their inheritance is being unlocked early, so they can enjoy life now, and the next moment they're soon eyeing up the Eiffel Tower. This would have been wondrous escapism and extremely fashionable fodder for cinema audiences of the day and Hitch gets to some quite exotic locations and generally makes good use of them. Some of ship scenes aboard look very set-like, though.

He adds some stylistic touches that echo his playfulness - seasickness is superbly portrayed, with items on the rich food menu floating off the printed sheet in wavy lines, echoing the nausea that poor Fred is suffering.

Things get more heated and exotic once the Far East is reached, as friendships are made and dalliances with fellow cruise members start putting a strain on their relationship. It doesn't really matter who these others are and all that, it's all far too fluffy and forgettable to matter but it's a quiet joy, as long as it's taken for what it is - and no more.

The look and style is very early 30's but strangely, the transfer quality is good to very good, with the odd flicker and blemish and is much better than the later 'Secret Agent' in that box-set of mine. It's of the quality where you only see the blemishes once you've been watching for a while, rather than the other way round.
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