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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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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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Amar não é Pecado  »

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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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Ford Humphries: [at a nightclub bar, introductions are being made] Miss Dare, Mr. Goodrich.
Mr. Goodrich: [tipsily] Hello, baby!
Ford Humphries: Dixie, Mr. Goodrich wants to dance with you.
[Dixie starts to protest]
Ford Humphries: No, no look here - that's not fat around his middle; that's the belt he carries his money in.
Dixie Dare: [brightening] Oh, well then maybe he needs me.
[Dragging Mr. Goodrich onto the dance floor]
Dixie Dare: I'd just *love* to dance with you!
Mr. Goodrich: [befuddled] Who said I wanted to dance?
Dixie Dare: Oh, but you will!
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Comin' Thro' the Rye
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Traditional Scottish music
Lyrics by Robert Burns (1782)
Sung briefly by Una Merkel
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Gotta love these pre-code Loretta Young movies
14 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"They Call it Sin" is a 1932 film starring Loretta Young, George Brent, Una Merkel, Louis Calhern and David Manners. It's about a small-town beauty named Marion who falls in love with a man, James Decker (Manners) passing through town. He is engaged to another woman. It doesn't stop him, however, from falling in love with Marion. After a row with her parents and finding out she's adopted, Marion heads for New York, hoping to do something with her musical talent, and looks up Decker. Disillusioned upon learning he's engaged, she eventually takes up with a producer (Louis Calhern) who has a bad reputation as far as women are concerned. When he realizes she's in love with someone else, he fires her from his show and steals the music she wrote. Trouble follows.

Una Merkel plays dancer Dixie Dare, Marion's roommate, and she's a riot

  • wait until you catch her dance act sans the cartwheels she was hired


to do. George Brent is a doctor friend of Manners who finds himself falling for Marion. All in all, it's a very attractive cast. As was the style in the early '30s, Loretta is blonder here than most people will remember her. The luminous Young is gorgeous in a series of outfits. Some people criticize her acting - I have always found her very natural and believable.

There was nothing new even in 1932 about the young girl in the big bad city, but the cast makes this film fresh and holds one's attention. It's not a long movie, but for the time it lasts, it's entertaining.


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