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directed by Alfred E. Green
USA 1932


The richest woman in the world (Ruth Chatterton) has everything money can buy. But with her heart torn between her faithless husband and an ardent writer (George Brent), she can’t have the one thing every woman wants: happiness. Herbert Hoover was still President and the Depression was at its most depressing when this delicious wallow in uptown romance hit the Bijou, featuring an electric performance by young Bette Davis as a society girl also enamored of the writer. This wasn’t the end of Davis’ relationship with Brent. They would make 11 films together, including Jezebel and Dark Victory. It wasn’t the end of the Chatterton-Brent relationship, either: the on-screen lovers married soon after the film opened.


Theatrical Release: May 21st, 1932

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Runtime 1:11:00

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.58 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:13)

DVD Release Date: November 1st, 2011
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Another (after our review of Housewife) Alfred E. Green directorial effort with both Brent and Davis offered on Warner Archive DVD. This is the better film and runs the gamut of storyline with romance, bedroom drama and some humor. This is quite good.

It's single-layered but showing some good grain and the transfer is progressive in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. This is another labeled under the Warner's "Re-mastered Edition" marquee and the image is fairly clean and consistent. Grey scale is decent and detail acceptable. The disc supports the film quite well with a strong SD presentation.

The mono sound is a bit hollow as per the era and there are no subtitles offered. The only supplement is the film's trailer - looking a bit rougher.

I enjoyed The Rich Are Always With Us - with Davis again in a memorable, although limited, performance. Dialogue appears awkward at times (perhaps witty for the time?) but depression era audiences may have found interest in this 'lives of the wealthy' divorcee special. Thumbs up for the vintage crowd despite the irritating title.  

  - Gary Tooze



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