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A young couple lives together out of wedlock, but they find that they're ahead of their time.

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Cast

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Anne Vincent
James Rennie ...
'Dick' Ives II
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Price Baines
Natalie Moorhead ...
Margie True
Charles Butterworth ...
Georgie Evans
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Helen 'Duckie' Childers
Claude Gillingwater ...
Ives Sr.
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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

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14 February 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kärlekens teori  »

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(Brunswick Radios Used Exclusively)

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1.37 : 1
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Screenwriting debut of Robert Riskin. See more »

Quotes

Richard 'Dick' Ives II: Dad, what would you do with a girl like that?
Richard Ives Sr.: I'd grab her any way she'd have me.
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Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
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Hummed by Joan Blondell and Natalie Moorhead
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The Theory is Talked to Death and Never Parts
7 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Theory, Should Lovers Marry or Not is Endlessly Talked and Talked in this Pre-Coder that Benefits from the First Starring Role for Barbara Stanwyck and She is Up to the Task of Looking Spunky and Frustrated, Randy and Depressed with Alternating Scenes as the Movie Bounces off the Walls with Theories and More Theories Batted Around..."What do Theories have to do with love?" Stanwyck Asks. Exactly.

Most of the Pre-Code Fun is in the First Act as the Movie Uncomfortably Moves All Over the Place with Dry Discussions, Wordy Arguments, and Not Much Else. In All of this Soap Opera Seriousness it is Charles Butterworth as a Witty Drunk Steals Every Scene. Ricardo Cortez is a One Note Bore, but Joan Blondell and Natalie Moorehead do Add Some Spice to the Dreariness and Moorehead's Margie Confronting Stanwyck about "Dick" is a Highlight.

Overall, Pre-Code Watchers are Likely to be Disappointed After the First Few Scenes. Lovers of Staged Dialog and Glittery Costumes Might Find it More Appealing. Yes, the Virtues of Marriage as the Preferred Lifestyle Managing to Squeeze the Sex Dry is an Edgy Subject and would Vanish in a Few Years from the Screen, but this is a Slog of a Story that Could Have been Summed Up in a One Act Play.


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