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The Woman Between (1931)

Passed | | Drama | 8 August 1931 (USA)
Returning after a long absence, a man learns the woman he fell in love with on the ship going home is his stepmother.

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Director: Victor Schertzinger
Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Lili Damita, Laurence Olivier
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Julie Whitcomb (as Lily Damita)
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Victor Whitcomb
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John Whitcomb
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Doris Whitcomb (as Miriam Seeger)
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Helen Weston
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Buddy
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Frederick Weston
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Julie Whitcomb and Paul Niles meet and fall in love on the ship returning them from Europe. But once in New York, where Julie owns a boutique, she tries to break off their romance, telling Paul she's married. At the same time, Julie's stepdaughter, Doris, plans a welcome home party for her brother, Victor, after his extended absence. He left in a huff when his father, John, planned to marry shortly after his mother died, and never met the intended bride. When Julie joins the party, both are shocked when they see each other. It seems that Victor changed his name to Paul Niles and Julie was known as Madame Julie, the name of her boutique, so they had no idea when they met they were stepmother and stepson. They continue their deception, but Doris guesses the truth when she catches Victor lying about the ship he came in on. She writes a letter to her father telling all, but Julie gets hold of the note. Victor has asked her to meet him at the pier for a ship going back to Europe, and now ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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1.37 : 1
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Close to Me
(1931) (uncredited)
Written by Victor Schertzinger
Performed by Lili Damita
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Lily Damita Appeals to Fathers and Sons But Not Daughters
13 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lily Damita, a successful businesswoman and pre-code hottie, is married to OP Heggie, aging millionaire, who can't bring himself to admit his luck. When a passionate young man woos her, despite the wedding ring, how will poor Lily escape the scandal of being THE WOMAN BETWEEN?

Fans of pre-code will likely enjoy this, as it features the slightly tawdry soapy plot and the well dressed (right down to their underthings) women these things often have. The hard life a woman who has married money, but wants to be loved for herself (and not her hotness) and respected has been movie fodder for years, and the familiarity of the goings on, experienced in 30s dress, provides the fascination in this movie. The main question -- which does not quite get answered -- is whether OP Heggie is quite as oblivious as he appears. What's also noteworthy is that, for once, one of those bratty daughters of society gets precisely what she deserves (rather than the male lead).

Worth finding and catching.


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