One More River (1934)

Lady Clare Corven is the wife of Sir Gerald Corven, and by all appearances they’re a happy upper-class British couple. But Lady Clare is anything but happy; Sir Gerald is physically and emotionally abusive toward her, and one day she decides she can take no more and leaves him behind. Lady Clare books passage on a ship, where she is befriended by a kind and handsome young man named Tony Croom. Though their relationship remains strictly platonic, Tony obviously has strong feelings for Lady Clare, which does not go unnoticed by the private detective hired by Sir Gerald to keep tabs on his wife.

Director: James Whale.
Stars: Diana Wynyard, Colin Clive, Frank Lawton, Stella Patrick Campbell, Jane Wyatt, Reginald Denny, C. Aubrey Smith, Henry Stephenson, Lionel Atwill, Alan Mowbray, Kathleen Howard, Gilbert Emery, E.E. Clive, Robert Greig, J. Gunnis Davis.

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3 Comments

  1. Gabrielle
    June 9, 2018
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    Thank you! I am such a Colin Clive fan so its great to be able to see this one again.

  2. Bob Verini
    June 15, 2018
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    Awfully good for its time. I wish the censors hadn’t watered down Sir Gerald’s brutality; staying truer to the book would have intensified our outrage at the system’s bias against an abused wife and might even have turned the film into a hit. As it is, I think there’s a lot to admire, especially in James Whale’s assured staging.

  3. Michele Foucault
    January 9, 2020
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    The film was released 2 months too late. The code went into effect 1 July 1934. I’m sure there was footage of a more frank version, i.e. a more faithful to the book, than was ultimately released 6 August 1934. As it is, Mr. Whale did more than adequate with what he could release. My regret is, if there was more footage, it was was relegated to the dustbin of history long ago. The only saving grace is this wasn’t an MGM movie. Not to speak ill of the dead, Mayer’s heavy hand would have never considered optioning the book in the 1st place. I would rate this 10 out of 10 (5 out of 5? … whatever) because Claire didn’t want to reveal the full extent of Sir Gerald’s abuse, not wanting to damage his career (!?), when he had no compunction of dragging her name in the mud. I don’t know if this was faithful to the book or a nod to current mores (🤷‍♀️?) of the day. I, very much, enjoyed ‘One More River’, as seen on rearfilm.com. THANKS

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