Dir. Victor Fleming (1932). Pre-code and hopelessly un-PC, this bit of Indochinese erotic intrigue projects MGM star power at its finest—with Clark Gable as a charismatically brutish rubber planter, Jean Harlow as a hilariously sassy Saigon hooker, and Mary Astor as the classy society dame who falls. It’s Harlow who elevates the movie beyond hokum; incredibly, the 21-year-old actress’s husband committed suicide while the movie was in... More >>>