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Writers:
Alberta Stedman Eagan (based on a novel by)
Lillie Hayward (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
5 November 1932 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Loretta Young ... Marion Cullen
George Brent ... Dr. Travers
Una Merkel ... Dixie Dare
David Manners ... Jimmy Decker
Helen Vinson ... Enid Hollister

Louis Calhern ... Ford Humphries
Joseph Cawthorn ... Mr. Hollister (as Joe Cawthorne)

Nella Walker ... Mrs. Hollister
Elizabeth Patterson ... Mrs. Cullen
Erville Alderson ... Mr. Cullen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Irving Bacon ... First Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Marion Byron ... Soda Jerk (uncredited)

Roscoe Karns ... Brad - Rehearsal Director (uncredited)

Joan Marsh ... Humphries' Receptionist (uncredited)
John Marston ... Doctor (uncredited)
Miki Morita ... Moto - Decker's Butler (uncredited)
Clarence Nordstrom ... Singer (uncredited)
Bradley Page ... Ford's Nightclub Friend (uncredited)
Bert Roach ... Mr. Goodrich (uncredited)
Frank Sheridan ... Police Chief (uncredited)
Sheila Terry ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Dorothy Coonan Wellman ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Thornton Freeland 
 
Writing credits
Alberta Stedman Eagan (based on a novel by)

Lillie Hayward (screen play) &
Howard J. Green (screen play)

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
James Van Trees (photography)
 
Film Editing by
James Gibbon 
 
Art Direction by
Jack Okey 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
 
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Runtime:
69 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #2639-R, 3 September 1936 for re-release)

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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:
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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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Glossy Soaper, 20 February 2004
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

A small-town Kansas girl encounters hard luck & happiness when she follows her true love to New York City.

Aided by an excellent cast, THEY CALL IT SIN is a superior soap opera which delivers just enough sentiment & humor to keep the attention of most viewers. While the heroine's change of affection in the final scene is never really explained, this doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment of the film. Particularly commendable are the sequences set in the Merton park, with the softly playing ukulele setting a gentle romantic mood.

Beautiful Loretta Young is radiant as the sweet young thing who follows her dreams to the Big City. Doe-eyed & innocent, her purity is nicely countered by brassy, sassy Una Merkel, cartwheeling through her role as a chorus girl who doesn't take nonsense from anyone. Suave doctor George Brent & earnest businessman David Manners are both very fine in their roles as the fellows who adore Miss Young.

Helen Vinson plays Manners' wealthy fiancée. Elizabeth Patterson scores in her small role as Miss Young's spiteful ‘mother.' Louis Calhern plays the proper scoundrel as a lecherous theatrical producer.

Movie mavens will recognize an uncredited Roscoe Karns as a sarcastic dance rehearsal director. Marion Byron delivers some funny moments as the Merton soda jerk.

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