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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 »

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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 left the sin on the cutting room floor
25 October 2013 | by (colorado) – See all my reviews

The film's title, taken from a popular novel of the day, is misleading as there's no sin on display, unless you think Una Merkel in her undies is censorable. This is one of the 4 films on Forbidden Hollywood Vol 4, and the provocative title led me to expect a story of unwed motherhood, ala Constance Bennett, and so I came close to not watching it. But luckily I did pop it into the DVD player.

The film has an interesting script that doesn't go where you think it will and the 3 male leads, who are all vying for the love of Loretta, even the suave Calhern before he turns vindictive, are likable. Despite 2 unbelievable episodes - Loretta's confession followed by Calhern's confession - my enjoyment of this film remained intact. And the major deliverer of enjoyment is Loretta. No wonder 3 men are in love with this beautiful, talented songwriter, who is also very nice. But there's more to Loretta's character than a pretty face, talent, and a sweet disposition. This girl has confidence, courage, and determination, just what a cinema role model should possess, which apparently are qualities Loretta possessed off screen as well, qualities that raised her from ingenue to star. While Loretta's expressive face is good to look at, with the fresh and lively dialogue written for her, she's good to listen to as well. And it was a pleasure to see Loretta behave well under the onslaught of various shocks and setbacks. Happily, in the end, due to our heroine's abundance of common sense and goodness, she won for herself a worthy husband, and, I feel certain, regained ownership of her hit song.


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