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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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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

Marion Cullen: I've answered ads for everything from a waitress to a lady's maid, and it's always the same old story - ten girls for every job.
Dixie Dare: My trouble's just the opposite - ten jobs and only one Dixie Dare!
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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 (Earth) – 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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