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Born to Love (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | 17 April 1931 (USA)
A war officer who is thought dead returns to the woman he loves, only to find she has remarried.



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Complete credited cast:
Doris Kendall
Sir Wilfred Drake
Frederick Kerr ...
Lord Ponsonby
Louise Closser Hale ...
Lady Ponsonby
Leslie Darrow


A war officer who is thought dead returns to the woman he loves, only to find she has remarried.

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Drama | Romance | War






Release Date:

17 April 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Feita para Amar  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Towards the end when Doris goes in the dark bedroom and sees her son Doris' shadow does not match her movements. See more »


The Darktown Strutters' Ball
(1917) (uncredited)
Written by Shelton Brooks
Played at a dance
Incorporated into the score
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Yikes! Could a movie be any more depressing?
19 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really love Constance Bennett and Joel McCrea and their underrated talent and range, but this film was just one emotional blow after another to Bennett's character, Doris Kendall, a nurse in Great Britain during World War I, to the point where it got hard to continue watching. The film starts out on a rather fascinating note - Doris is practically hypnotized by the sight of a German dirigible in a rather strange "dogfight" with British planes over London. Down goes the dirigible in a pile of flames.

Joel McCrea's character, Captain Barry Craig, pulls Doris out of danger and sparks begin to fly. At the same time, Doris is nursing an English nobleman (Paul Cavanagh as Sir Wilfred Drake) back to health from his war wounds and he has fallen in love with her. Captain Craig and Doris throw convention to the wind and spend one night together and consummate their relationship before he has to ship out to France. Then one tragedy after another ensues, some due to misunderstandings, some due to natural occurrences, and some due to divorce law in England as it stood in the early twentieth century in which one of the parties had to be the bad guy in order for divorce to occur with legally punitive measures taken against the party that is deemed to be "at fault".

This movie may costar McCrea, but this is really Constance Bennett's film all the way. Frederick Kerr is particularly noteworthy as an older member of England's upper class that has a crusty exterior that hides a gooey center - he's quite sympathetic and kind to Doris. Louise Closser Hale plays his wife who also has a crusty exterior but has a heart of - well - crust. In spite of these differences in viewpoint these two older members of the cast play off one another quite well.

Recommended, but not if you're looking to be cheered up.

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