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Men Call It Love (1931)

Passed | | Romance | 14 March 1931 (USA)
A well-off bachelor finds himself at a loss for what to do when a married woman comes on to him while he's thoroughly involved with someone else's wife.

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(dialogue continuity), (adopted from play "Among the Married")
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A well-off bachelor finds himself at a loss for what to do when a married woman comes on to him while he's thoroughly involved with someone else's wife.

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Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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14 March 1931 (USA)  »

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Among the Married  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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Early product placement: Jack tells his butler Brandt he always needs a supply of White Rock on hand, then a refrigerator shelf is shown full of bottles of the actual product. The company, founded in 1871, is still in business as of 2016. See more »

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When Connie takes the needle off the record at Tony's, the music keeps playing for a beat or two. See more »

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Callie: Ladies and Gentlemen!
[Party guests boos, howls and meows]
Callie: My mistake. Easiest to say we didn't throw this party just to pass out a little food. We had another object in bringing you here.
Party Guest: What?
Callie: Well, as you all know, we're not the sort to wear our hearts on our sleeves. In fact, we're not the sort to wear any more than the law allows!
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This certainly IS a Pre-Code picture!
18 September 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A lot of folks assume that back in the old days, films were super- puritanical and chaste. Well, that might be said about many of the films released after mid-1934, but before that things were a lot different--particularly in the early 30s. The studios had a production code which supposedly mandated 'nice behavior' up until 1934, but the studios routinely ignored it and made films with plots involving adultery, fornication, abortion, prostitution and the like. They also featured cursing and nudity in a few cases...and some of it is pretty shocking when seen today. But the public outcry and loss of revenue eventually resulted in a long list of dos and don'ts and the film soon were highly sanitized.

"Men Call It Love" is one of these Hollywood films that came out before the tough Production Code of 1934. It's pretty obvious, as the theme in this one is adultery--and practically all the folks in this film are either married and cheating on their spouses or single and DEFINITELY playing the field! Subtle, it ain't!

The film features Leila Hyams as Connie...the only married person not cheating in this film. However, when she eventually realizes that her husband is a weak, no-good cheater, she decides to make up for lost time and chases playboy, Tony (Adolph Menjou), like a dog chasing after a pork chop! What's going to become of Connie-- especially because it seems like, down deep, this sort of life isn't for her. Will she be happy with her new lascivious lifestyle-- especially after she proposes to her husband that they adopt an open marriage?

In some ways this is a pretty good film, in other ways it isn't. The plot is certainly unusual and the acting is pretty good. But the film also is incredibly talky and rather slow--and perhaps too subtle. If it had been MORE sensationalistic and sleazy like some of its competition, it probably would have been a lot more entertaining. It also has an oddly confusing message that manages to be both pro-marriage AND pro-adultery (provided you don't get caught).


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