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Born to Love (1931)

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Complete credited cast:
Doris Kendall
Barry Craig
Paul Cavanagh ...
Sir Wilfred Drake
Frederick Kerr ...
Lord Ponsonby
Louise Closser Hale ...
Lady Ponsonby
Anthony Bushell ...
Leslie Darrow


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17 April 1931 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.20 : 1
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In an early sequence, set in 1918, Constance Bennett is shown playing a phonograph record on the Victor label - but the label is the "scroll design" Victor didn't use until 1925. See more »


The Darktown Strutters' Ball
(1917) (uncredited)
Written by Shelton Brooks
Played at a dance
Incorporated into the score
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Melodramatic But Effective
3 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In BORN TO LOVE, Constance Bennett (Doris) and Joel McRea (Barry) are lovers who meet during the last weeks of the First World War. London is portrayed as a city in imminent danger of bombs from aircraft. They meet and predictably fall in love despite the chaos and confusion that surround them. There is an interesting scene in which they make love, one that is prudishly suggested off screen, yet one that in just a few years would have been banned by Hollywood as overtly salacious. The plot is the contrived package of Barry's reported death, forcing Doris to marry another. The second half of the film is less melodramatic and more of an acerbic commentary on the harshness of an English divorce system that allows a rich and titled husband to retain custody of a child over the wishes of a impecunious mother. There is an encoded ideology in the film that does not hide the fact that poor women who marry titled men can expect no mercy or kindness from a patriarchal legal system. BORN TO LOVE nevertheless carries the audience to a satisfying if not predictable conclusion of the need for true love to triumph over formidable societal obstacles.

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