Red Dust

Synopsis: Conditions are spartan on Dennis Carson's Indochina rubber plantation during a dusty dry monsoon. The latest boat upriver brings Carson an unwelcome guest: Vantine, a floozy from Saigon, hoping to evade the police by a stay upcountry. But Carson, initially uninterested, soon succumbs to Vantine's ostentatious charms...until the arrival of surveyor Gary Willis, ill with malaria, and his refined but sensuous wife Barbara. Now the rains begin, and passion flows like water...
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Victor Fleming
Production: MGM
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
83 min

You was born smelling rubber

and sweating to get it

and you'll die that way.

You think so?

Do you think I'll spend my

whole life in this dry rot

just so the rest of the world

can ride around on balloon tires?

- Sure you will.

- Who says so?

Why should I spend the rest of my

days worrying about guys like Guidon?

Kicking a herd of crawling

coolies around...

fighting fever...

swallowing dust one month,

wading in mud the next,

just so some old woman can take

her hot water bottle to bed with her?

Yeah and just as long as

there's one baby in the world

to suck on a rubber nipple.

Now, listen, Dennis, you've got

your yearly case of nerves.

Now why don't you go

down to Saigon and...

to blow the lid off?

Get a laugh out of your liquor?

With this outfit running away as it is,

how am I going to get to Saigon?

Well, as a matter of fact, what came up

from Saigon isn't so bad-looking.

I've been looking at her kind

ever since my voice changed.

Let's lay off tomorrow,

and knock that fellow over.

I never got time.

Don't mind me, boys.

I'm just restless.

Hello, Polly.

I thought you were

going back to sleep.

Not with that alley cat

yodelling out there.

Guess I'm not used to

sleeping nights anyway.


Tomorrow you and Guidon see about

clearing a road down to that creek area.

I thought you were

going to let that wait

until that new

survey engineer fellow...

- You mean Willis?

- Yeah.

He's due on Limey's

next trip up, isn't he?

Yes, but I'm not counting on him.

Probably some textbook

ingenue like the last one.

What's Polly's name?

She never had one.

Well I'll have to tend to that.

You can't have a poor

bird without a name.

You just tend to minding

your own business.

This place certainly reeks of

hospitality and good cheer.

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John Lee Mahin

John Lee Mahin (August 23, 1902, Evanston, Illinois – April 18, 1984, Los Angeles) was an American screenwriter and producer of films who was active in Hollywood from the 1930s to the 1960s. He was known as the favorite writer of Clark Gable and Victor Fleming. In the words of one profile, he had "a flair for rousing adventure material, and at the same time he wrote some of the raciest and most sophisticated sexual comedies of that period." more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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