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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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Georgie Evans
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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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WHO WAS RIGHT? Can a woman hold a man without marriage? See more »

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14 February 1931 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

As Dick and Anne are walking out of the kitchen, about five minutes into the film, a moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the wall to the left. See more »

Quotes

George Evans: [Drunkenly] Who-whosever's coming with me better hurry. I got to get down to the Rotary Club and speak on better ventilation for birdcages.
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Connections

Version of Ex-Lady (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
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Traditional 18th century tune
Hummed by Joan Blondell and Natalie Moorhead
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Nothing particularly illicit about this film
12 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The naming of this film must have been just to attract Depression era audiences, because there is nothing really illicit about it. However, it is a very modern look at romance and marriage considering it was made in 1931. Barbara Stanwyck plays Anne Vincent, a modern woman who is afraid that her relationship with boyfriend Richard Ives will be changed by marriage. She bases her beliefs on watching her own parents and her friends. In her parents' case she says that she knows they loved each other, but divorced anyways, and she is sure that separation from one another is what killed them. However, social pressures prevail and the two do get married.

Anne's fears become realized as Richard seems to only be interested in going out when it involves other people, not just Anne. She sees him out with another woman one night when he is supposed to be working, and she decides what the two need is a trial separation from one another - to become individuals again. Throw Ricardo Cortez into the mix as someone who wants Anne's marriage to not work out, and you have the makings of an above average potboiler from the precode era.

This film is mainly interesting because of Stanwyck. Without her abilities this would be a pretty forgettable film. And those fashions! With all of the ermine and feathers, this film has Barbara Stanwyck venturing into Kay Francis territory. Also lending good support is Charles Butterworth as the seldom sober friend to the young couple, and the always wonderful Joan Blondell as Anne's close friend.


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