is Dennis Carson, a rubber plantation owner in Indochina. His no-nonsense
way of life is interrupted by the arrival of Lily, or "Vantine" (Harlow), a
sassy prostitute from Saigon who is on the run from the law and wants to lay
low for a while. They clash at first but soon are bedfellows. Just as
Vantine leaves, overseer Gary Willis
(Raymond) and his lovely wife, Barbara (Astor) arrive. Vantine's boat
wrecks and when she returns to the plantation, she finds that Dennis now only has eyes
for Barbara. Heartbroken, she watches their affair unfold behind Gary''s
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"I thought so. This flow isn't worth a dime!" first line
"What a cast iron nerve you've got."
"You think I'm going to sink the rest of my life into this dry rot so
the rest of the world can ride around on balloon tires?"
I've been looking at her kind ever since my voice changed!"
"If you don't keep quiet, I'm going to lock you up in one of the
outhouses, what would you think of that?"
"You talk too much but you're a cute little trick at that. Why haven't
you been around before?"
"All right, if that makes you feel any better."
"Explain the joke and I'll die laughing."
"Out here we all smack each other sooner or later. You were just getting
it out of your system early, that's all."
"I have a special fondness for somebody who stands up and fights back.
Particularly if she's a woman who looks extraordinarily beautiful when
she'd doing it. And even more beautiful when she's calmed down."
"Stop looking through keyholes, it's bad for the eyes."
"I'm afraid I'm pretty crazy about you."
"You know what I've just been? I've been noble. I give you, Saint
Dennis, the big sacrifice boy!"
"Sure, I'm drunk. That's why I'm telling you the truth. You want to hear
some more truth? I didn't say anything to your husband down there and
I'm glad I didn't. I've just been kidding you all the time and everybody
knew about it. If you want to come down here, you come down here on our
rules. And if you want to cheat on your husband, that's okay with me and
I'm the boy you're looking for! And let me tell you this: I'm not a one
woman man. I never have been and I never will be. If you want to take
"All right, if it makes you feel any better."
"Roqpert or gorgonzola?"last line
Behind the Scenes
John Gilbert desperately wanted the role of Dennis, as his career has been
in sharp decline since talking pictures took over from silents. But MGM
wanted to capitalize on Gable's ascending fame and cast him instead. Gilbert
Gable and Harlow became close friends on the set. While
everyone else called her "The Baby", he called her "Sis". Despite rumors of
a romance, they remained close friends (only) until her death.
Harlow's husband of just two months, Paul Bern, committed suicide while the cast was on break
for Labor Day. Harlow was absent from the set for ten days.
During filming of the rain barrel sequence, Harlow stood up in the barrel,
topless, and shouted, "Here's one for the boys in the lab!" and burst into
laughter. Director Fleming had the film removed from the camera and
destroyed to prevent any leaks from getting out on the black market.
Gable was the only actor to resume his original role in the 1952 remake,