Riffraff (1936) - Rotten Tomatoes

Riffraff (1936)





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Spencer Tracy and Jean Harlow play two hard-edged workers in a Pacific-Coast tuna factory. Harlow falls for Tracy who is involved in a union strike that turns messy, and he ends up quitting his job. Harlow decides to steal money to help support her jobless beau and ends up in prison. Due to twists and misunderstandings, it's long before Tracy comes to realize the trials his gal has endured on his behalf.


Spencer Tracy
as Dutch Miller
Joseph Calleia
as Nick Appopolis
Victor Kilian
as "Flytrap"
J. Farrell MacDonald
as "Brains" McCall
Juanita Quigley
as Rosie Bundt
Paul Hurst
as Red Belcher
Arthur Houseman
as Ratsy and Bugsy
Al Hill
as Speed
Lillian Harmer
as Mrs. McCall
Bob Perry
as Lefty
Rafaela Ottiano
as Head Matron
John George
as Fisherman
Wally Maher
as Newsreel Cameraman
Marshall Ruth
as Agitator
Mary Wallace
as Fisherman's Wife
Ivor McFadden
as Moving Man
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Critic Reviews for Riffraff

All Critics (3)

The chief innovations in Riffraff are that it deals with the tuna-fish industry, never before touched in movie romance, and that Jean Harlow appears in it with her hair dyed brownette.

September 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Jean Harlow (who gets star billing and is brunette for a change) and Spencer Tracy give tough, energetic performances in this contrived marital melodrama.

December 2, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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