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Illegal (1932)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  29 September 1932 (UK)
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This is the story of a woman who kicks out her no-good second husband after he wastes all her money. Since gambling and drink had taken all her money, she decides to use the money from a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Isobel Elsom ...
Ivor Barnard ...
Albert
D.A. Clarke-Smith ...
Franklyn Dean (as D.E. Clarke-Smith)
Margot Grahame ...
Dorothy Turner
Moira Lynd ...
Ann Turner
Edgar Norfolk ...
Lord Alan Sevington
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This is the story of a woman who kicks out her no-good second husband after he wastes all her money. Since gambling and drink had taken all her money, she decides to use the money from a windfall to open an illegal after hours night club and gambling parlor, in order to provide her two daughters with a high society education. Eventually she gets caught, and the daughters take over the night club and legitimize it. But the daughters have conflicts, and the no-good husband shows up to complicate matters. Written by Robert Tonsing <rtonsing@ti.com>

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The sensational story of a daughter who suffered for her Mother's sins! (original ad)

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Crime | Drama

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29 September 1932 (UK)  »

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(RCA Photophone)

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1.37 : 1
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This film had its U. S. television premiere on Turner Classic Movies on 17 September 2007 during TCM's festival of films made by Warner Brothers at Teddington Studios in the UK. See more »

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Was That the Human Thing to Do?
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Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Joe Young
Performed by Billy Gerhardi and his Orchestra
Sung by Margot Grahame
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What some mothers will do . . .
25 February 2012 | by (Massachusetts, USA) – See all my reviews

I suppose it's barely possible that some people were moved by this tedious little "quota quickie" in 1932, but it's got precious little to recommend it these days. After kicking her wastrel husband out of the house, a woman decides to raise her two daughters to be respectable young ladies by running an illegal - and profitable - gambling house. It's not clear, at least to me, what the two girls were told when they asked why their mother was out of the house every night until after midnight, but that's only one of the many plot holes in this film. The acting isn't up to much, either - especially Moira Lynd, who plays the younger daughter, and who leaves a hole in the screen every time she appears - but then the hackneyed script and clumsy direction don't give the actors an awful lot to work with. There also seems to be some footage missing in the last couple of minutes, which results in abrupt edits and an unseemly rush to the finale.


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