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The classic Italian liner SS REX in the movies…
Irving Berlin and Moss Hart, famed song writers, sail aboard the SS Rex in the 1930s...

The classic Italian liner SS REX in the movies…

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  • There are three Atlantic crossings in the 1936 excellent film Dodsworth directed by William Wyler and starring Walter Huston & Ruth Chatterton.

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  • They were seen on board the RMS Queen Mary, the RMS RMS Aquitania, and the SS Rex. The film demonstrates how liners were used like today’s Jets to get back and forth from the USA to Europe.
  • A good deal of the film is seen on board RMS  Queen Marry and the SS Rex. Nautical highlight: The RMS Queen Mary is seen in the beginning of the film.

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  • A highlight of the film is the angry breakup of Huston and Chatterton’s marriage aboard the Rex in a first class lounge while getting ready to sail from Italy. There are exterior shots of the Rex. The set was built at Samuel Goldwyn Studios in West Hollywood. It is a corner of a first class lounge very close to the gangway. Huston is set to sail with his wife but at the last minute tells her its over and manages to get off the ship just in time.

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