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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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Ford Humphries
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Mr. Hollister (as Joe Cawthorne)
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Mrs. Hollister
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Mrs. Cullen
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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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Loretta Young replaced Bette Davis in the role of Marion. See more »

Quotes

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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Rain, Rain, Go Away
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Johnny Green
First tune played at Ford Humphries' party
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They left the sin on the cutting room floor
25 October 2013 | by (United States) – 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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