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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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Complete credited 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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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)  »

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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 (I)' and opened on Broadway in 1929. See more »

Quotes

Richard 'Dick' Ives II: Ann, sometimes I don't understand you.
Anne Vincent Ives: I understand you... very well.
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Yankee Doodle
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Hummed by Joan Blondell and Natalie Moorhead
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Be careful what you ask for---you might just get it.
9 September 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Illicit" is a very confusing film. On one hand, it's very much a Pre-Code sort of film. It features a couple who openly admit they're engaged in premarital sex (and his father seems pretty comfortable with this arrangement). And, she openly shows disdain for marriage and vows to just have a good time. Yet, later in the film, after living this sort of lifestyle, the characters are miserable and the 'happy ending' seems amazingly contrived. You wonder just what sort of message the film is trying to make. Plus, while I love some of the very salacious Pre-Code films, this message is so jumbled, I am really very ambivalent about this movie. If you see it, it stars a very young Barbara Stanwyck and James Rennie. But, my advice is that there are certainly more interesting films of the era--ones that are less talky and a lot more shocking. And, the filmmakers managed to cast Charles Butterworth in a supporting part and he isn't particularly funny--a very strange thing indeed.


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