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They Call It Sin (1932)

Marian moves to New York to make it big in the chorus and becomes involved in a love triangle.

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Marion Cullen
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Dr. Travers
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Dixie Dare
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Jimmy Decker
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Enid Hollister
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With time on his hands during a business trip, Jimmy Decker (who's engaged to his boss's daughter) romances small-town church organist Marion Cullen, who follows him to New York only to learn Jimmy's true colors after she's burned her bridges. Marion's looks and talent get her a job with theatrical producer Ford Humphries. Will she succumb to her boss, take up with now-married Jimmy, marry honest suitor Tony Travers...or become a full-fledged gold digger? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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5 November 1932 (USA)  »

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Amar não é Pecado  »

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Loretta Young replaced Bette Davis in the role of Marion. See more »

Quotes

Dixie Dare: Honey, why don't you get wise to yourself? This town's full of men who'd go goofy over you if you'd let 'em; so let 'em! Oh, don't take 'em too seriously; just kid 'em along and get what you can out of 'em. Say, if I had your looks I'd wear ermine underwear.
Marion Cullen: Well, maybe you would, Dixie, but I'm not the type.
Dixie Dare: You're telling me that after the way Humphries's been givin' you the eye the last three weeks?
Marion Cullen: Now you're imagining things.
Dixie Dare: So's Humphries.
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Rock of Ages
(1830) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Hastings (1830)
Played off-screen on an organ in church
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They Missed a Chance at Classic Romance
9 January 2015 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

New York-based traveling salesman David Manners (as James "Jimmy" Decker) arrives in a Kansas small town, on business. Out seeing the local sights, Mr. Manners immediately arouses soda counter clerk Marion Byron. He brushes her off and meets beautiful farmer's daughter Loretta Young (as Marion Cullen) playing her organ, in church. The two are mutually attracted, but Ms. Young's exacting foster parents do not approve when she comes home at midnight. Called "common trash," Young follows Manners back to New York City...

Young and Manners find it difficult to deny their continuing attraction. However, he remains engaged to his boss' daughter. Young also dates Manners' doctor friend George Brent (as Tony Travers) and her amorous boss Louis Calhern (as Ford Humphries). A tragedy threatens Young's prospects for happiness...

Both the credit order and certain plot developments consider Mr. Brent to be Young's leading man. But, the focal characters are Young and Manners. However the original novel proceeded, their performances make them the leads. Having the story change direction is disarming, due to the appeal in pairing Young and Manners. Cartwheeling showgirl Una Merkel (as Dixie Dare) has fun as Young's roommate. The tragic incident is nicely handled by director Thornton Freeland and the crew. After that, the characterizations and story unravel.

***** They Call It Sin (11/5/32) Thornton Freeland ~ Loretta Young, David Manners, Una Merkel, George Brent


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