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Illicit (1931)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 14 February 1931 (USA)
A young couple lives together out of wedlock, but they find that they're ahead of their time.

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Helen 'Duckie' Childers
Claude Gillingwater ...
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Ann, a young lady of scandalously "advanced" ideas, has been living in near-sin with blueblood lover Dick, due to her conviction that marriage will destroy their love. Finally, social pressure forces them to marry; in due course, it looks as if Ann was right. Her solution: to separate and return to dating. Can this marriage be saved? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Ilícito  »

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$249,000 (estimated)
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(Brunswick Radios Used Exclusively)

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1.37 : 1
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The play that's referred to, "Fifty Million Frenchmen" was a musical comedy written by Cole Porter and opened on Broadway in 1929. See more »

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Anne Vincent Ives: [Playfully pouting, with a pretend French accent] Oh, you are so naughty! Why you make so free with FiFi, heh?
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Get Happy
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Background music at the Club Lido
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Are Love and Marriage like a Horse and Carriage?
15 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The action in this film takes place within the rarefied air of art deco penthouses with thirty-foot ceilings. There, the central characters--Anne (Barbara Stanwyck) and Dick (James Rennie)--fall in love and make decisions about their relationship.

Dick is somewhat amused--and a little intrigued--by Anne's "theories" about marriage. She see it as a hindrance to love and a guarantee that romance will die. Basically, she is a proponent of free love.

Different conceptions of free love have been expressed by many notables in the fields of science and the arts over the centuries. The actual Free Love movement is a more recent development with its beginnings in the 1800s. Although its proponents espoused many various views on culture, politics and the nature of man, there were common threads--primarily a condemnation of state-sponsored marriage and the view that the institution of marriage runs contrary to the nature of man and that it impinges on the freedoms of both partners and amounts to little more than enslavement, particularly of the woman.

One can see where Anne is coming from, but it is not surprising that certain aspects of traditional marriage hold a romantic interest for Anne. Dick is so in love with her that he might agree to anything she wants. But they are constantly judged by others who reflect the mores of society. Eventually, the couple agrees to live apart and love from a distance.

You can probably guess where the story is going, despite the fact that this is a pre-Code production.

The staging feels, rightfully, like a play. Its tone is light-hearted for the most part, centering on characters whose lives seem to revolve around emptying cocktail glasses and witty repartee. But it's a stylish production and the acting is suitable for carefree banter sprinkled with Anne's "theories". Fortunately, her free love notions do not include the social engineering leanings of others who theorized in this realm.


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