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They Call It Sin
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Director:
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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Plot:
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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They Missed a Chance at Classic Romance See more (18 total) »

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)
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)
Gloria Shea ... Humphries' receptionist (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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69 min
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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:
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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
They Missed a Chance at Classic Romance, 9 January 2015
Author: wes-connors from Earth

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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