A womanizing singer falls for an old-fashioned Southern belle. The problem is, she already has a fiance.

Director:

Writers:

(stage play), (screen play)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Dan McGinty has great success in his chosen field of crooked politics. But endangers it all in one crazy moment of honesty...

Director: Preston Sturges
Stars: Brian Donlevy, Muriel Angelus, Akim Tamiroff
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A torch singer becomes a mail-order bride for a farmer.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Lyle Talbot
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An office clerk loves entering contests in the hopes of someday winning a fortune and marrying the girl he loves. His latest attempt is the Maxford House Coffee Slogan Contest. As a joke, ... See full summary »

Director: Preston Sturges
Stars: Dick Powell, Ellen Drew, Raymond Walburn
Midnight (1934)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: Chester Erskine
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Fox, O.P. Heggie
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A European princess arrives in New York City to secure a much-needed loan for her country. She contracts the mumps, and an actress who looks exactly like her is hired to impersonate her.

Director: Marion Gering
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Cary Grant, Edward Arnold
Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Vagabond poet François Villon rises to high office in 1463 Paris.

Director: Frank Lloyd
Stars: Ronald Colman, Basil Rathbone, Frances Dee
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Bea Pullman and her daughter Jessie have had a hard time making ends meet since Bea's husband died. Help comes in the form of Delilah Johnson, who agrees to work as Bea's housekeeper in ... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson
Biography | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The story of Johann Strauss the elder and younger.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Jessie Matthews, Fay Compton
Street Scene (1931)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Twenty-four hours elapse on the stoop of a Hell's Kitchen tenement as a microcosm of the American melting pot interacts with each other during a summer heatwave.

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, William Collier Jr., Estelle Taylor
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Directors: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Stars: Ezio Pinza, Janet Leigh, Millard Mitchell
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Socialite banker Henry Judson maintains his extravagant lifestyle by embezzling from his bank, but is caught by sleazy assistant manager Waters and is blackmailed by him into continuing. ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Schertzinger
Stars: Marian Marsh, Reginald Denny, Richard Bennett
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Gus
...
Isabelle
...
The Judge
George Meeker ...
Henry
William Ricciardi ...
Tomasso
...
Mulligan
Edit

Storyline

Mississippi belle Isabelle and her hard-headed, quick-tempered Jersey fiancé Henry arrive at an Italian speakeasy in New York. They meet an amiable retired judge there, but Henry's back is up immediately anyway. Henry leaves as his car is parked illegally. Isabelle likes the opera, and it happens that her favourite singer, Di Ruvo, is a bar patron that evening. "Gus", as he prefers to be known, is very charming. Henry returns to find the pair dancing. A row ensues; Henry leaves. Isabelle accepts Gus's offer to retire to his apartment even though he warns her his intentions are "strictly dishonourable". But Henry has told Officer Mulligan that Isabelle has been "kidnapped by villains"... Written by David Steele

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

speakeasy | judge | italian | waiter | snob | See All (17) »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

26 December 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

As Intenções  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Natalie Moorhead (Lilli) and Joseph W. Girard (Officer) are in studio records for their roles, but never appear. Lilli is often on the phone but since her voice is never heard, she is omitted from the cast list. See more »

Connections

References The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Votre toast(Toreador Song)
(uncredited)
from "Carmen"
Music by Georges Bizet
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Early Sturges, and rather charming
15 February 2013 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Preston Sturges' hit sex comedy of 1929 was filmed by Universal almost entirely intact, with an A cast and direction by the proficient but apparently not-very-nice John Stahl. It poses the question, will Southern belle Isabelle (Sidney Fox, who's charming) opt for life in West Orange with her obnoxious fiancé (George Meeker, quite good), or will she succumb to the ministrations of handsome Lothario opera singer Gus (Paul Lukas, perfect casting)? It's a situation not unlike "The Moon Is Blue," so scandalously filmed some 20 years later, and its frankness about virginity and conventional morality is refreshing. There's also Lewis Stone as a tippling judge, livelier than he often was at MGM, and Sidney Toler, almost unrecognizably handsome as an Irish cop. You have to accept the prejudices and skewed morality of the time--there's casually racist chatter, and drunkenness in and of itself is supposed to be hilarious--but it's a delightful artifact. And while Sturges' incomparable gift for dialog isn't in full flower yet, you can see the genius he's going to become.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Strictly Dishonorable (1931) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?