Red Dust (1932) Directed by Victor Fleming. Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Mary Astor, Gene Raymond (83 min.)
A Saigon hooker on the lam hides out on a rubber plantation run by hot (and sweaty) roughneck Clark Gable. When an uptight surveyor and his sex-starved wife arrive, savage passions are aroused. Away from civilization all pretense at respectability falls away, as Gable, Harlow and Astor make hearts pound with every suggestive fade-out. Jean Harlow's platinum hair blazed like a comet across the screen, there was never anyone like her before or since, a seen-everything sexpot who could make an audience laugh, and adore her. The entire film was shot on a sound stage, a fabricated Indochinese landscape complete with working river, a stunning example of big studio movie magic. 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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