Blue collar steelworker Richard Brunton (McCrea) saves two of his fellow workers after an accident at a factory. In gratitude, his boss, millionaire Arthur Parker invites Richard for dinner... See full summary »
Clara Kimball Young,
Lorry and Minnie are ex-hookers who leave prison, determined to find the good life with rich men. Along the way Lorry meets and falls in love with cotton barge owner Dan. She must choose ... See full summary »
Gregory La Cava
Dr. Eli Watt, a widower, comes to a small town, considering himself a failure in his attempt to have a meaningful career in New York. He raises his son Jimmy as well as Letty, a baby whose ... See full summary »
John S. Robertson
Ann Grey is wrongly convicted of murder. On her way to jail a car accident gives her the opportunity to escape. She is helped by young lawyer Tony Baxter. He hides her from the police, as ... See full summary »
George B. Seitz
"The Common Law," a rather common film for its time, begins with the driving, climactic music of Ferde Grofe's "Metropolis" over the opening credit roll followed by stock footage of Paris. The drama goes downhill from there. This is the old story of the fallen woman who must win the respect of the upright man in her life. The woman in this case is the stylish Constance Bennett, who unfortunately is draped too often in backless gowns which reveal the least attractive portion of her anatomy. She has just broken off a common law arrangement with an older man (Lew Cody, in a convincing portrait of aging dissipation) when she is hired as a model by a wealthy young American expatriate painter (Joel McCrea). Predictably, the young people fall in love but are forced to part when her tainted past becomes known via the gossip circuit. Among the unsavory tattlers are McCrea's plummy older sister (Hedda Hopper) and an alcoholic party boy (the entertaining Robert Williams). The resolution comes about as it always does in these fallen women pix, after much talk, flattering close-ups of the comely young stars and at least one extended scene at a social gathering, usually a night club or house party with lots of live music.
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