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Illicit (1931)

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

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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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The play was copyrighted 1 July 1930, but had no New York City Broadway production. See more »

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Anne Vincent Ives: Nearly every girl I know, Mr. Ives, is either unhappily married or happily divorced, and I've simply come to the conclusion that marriage is disastrous to love. There's so much about it that's all wrong - the awful possession that people exert over each other, the intamicy, and the duties. I don't know... but love can't stand the strain, that's all.
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Yankee Doodle
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Interesting story even today
1 April 2002 | by (Corrales, NM) – See all my reviews

Barbara Stanwyck and James Rennie are ultra-modern 1930s lovers who shun conventional trappings such as marriage. She is afraid that marriage will kill the romance. Who has not had these fears? He is eternally patient, but his father maneuvers her into a commitment. Their marriage stumbles (whose hasn't) and the ex-girlfriend and ex-boyfriend enter the scene. Soon this thoroughly modern couple are acting like typical married folk and Barbara declares that the marriage has indeed killed the love. Stanwyck exhibits skills as an actress that will make her famous in better films later. Claude Gillingwater's portrayal of the father is excellent and serve as a good role model. Charles Butterworth (the faithful friend) was really quite a wit and succeeds in stealing a scene or two. I can overlook any technical flaws in the movie because I think that the central issues are still relevant today. Who has to compromise more in a marriage? The husband or the wife? Will each of the lovers do what is necessary to save the marriage when they know they have problems? All is not revealed until the final scene whose outcome is by no means certain. Good movie, not a great one, but good entertainment for a couple that talk to each other. I say watch it (if you can find it) and see if this pre-Code movie does not warrant your appreciation and was worth your time.


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