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They Call It Sin (1932)

 -  Drama  -  5 November 1932 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Marion Cullen
George Brent ...
Dr. Travers
Una Merkel ...
Dixie Dare
David Manners ...
Jimmy Decker
Helen Vinson ...
Enid Hollister
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Ford Humphries
Joseph Cawthorn ...
Mr. Hollister (as Joe Cawthorne)
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Mrs. Hollister
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Mrs. Cullen
Erville Alderson ...
Mr. Cullen
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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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Early in the film, Loretta Young's character refers to herself as "just a farmer's daughter." Fifteen years later, Miss Young won an Oscar for "The Farmer's Daughter." See more »

Quotes

Dr. Tony Travers: [to Jimmy] ... If you're going to insist on being a jackass, I'm going to turn your case over to a veterinary.
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Where Are You?
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Jay Gorney
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Sung by Clarence Nordstrom during the show rehearsal
Also played at Ford Humphries' party
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Good soaper with luminous Loretta Young and stalwart George Brent...
10 December 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

These pre-code women's films are fun to watch, smoothly produced, given handsome production values and luminous close-ups of youthful, innocent looking LORETTA YOUNG (more beautiful as a blonde ingenue than she appeared in the '40s). She gets sturdy support from GEORGE BRENT as the doctor who shares a romantic interest in her with David MANNERS, a married man who admits loving Loretta up until the last reel. For comedy relief, UNA MERKEL has her usual supporting role (she was the Jane Wyman of supporting roles, always the heroine's best friend, throughout the '30s).

The story has an ambitious young rehearsal pianist and songwriter getting involved with shady showman LOUIS CALHERN and toying with the affections of Brent and Manners while Calhern wants her to be his mistress. The predictable ending has Loretta winding up with Brent and sending Manners back to his wife. ("You can't build happiness on another's unhappiness", she tells him).

It's the kind of fare that audiences during the Depression era probably fancied. Watching it, it's easy to see why Loretta Young was such a capable beauty, already quite a professional by the time she made this soaper.

Summing up: A pleasant trifle, easily forgotten.


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