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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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DVD Review: "Forbidden Hollywood Volumes 4 And 5"
 (From CinemaRetro. 26 August 2012, 3:47 AM, PDT)

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Cast

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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)
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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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Aspect Ratio:
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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Soundtrack:
Onward Christian SoldiersSee more »

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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Zippy pre code WB hit., 27 November 2007
Author: ptb-8 from Australia

I think this film is terrific. What starts off with a B movie feel swiftly shifts gears into an A grade melodrama with very strong moral dilemma and emotional logic, this First national WB Vitaphone picture is very rewarding for anyone remotely interested in the technical era of talkies in 1932. There are IMDb comments that spew on this film which I find puzzling, and I encourage you to read the excellent and informative review by 'rsoonsa' also on this site. Personally I was constantly surprised at the storyline and loved every minute of seeing and hearing the fabulous genuine Vitaphone (gramophone record) sound. The sound editing and camera smoothness and many lavish sets and the camera movement about them was of particular interest because this film is so deliberately experimental in furthering the ability to capture and record and be sophisticated in its presentation. With a great cast and the gorgeous Loretta Young front and center... and with hilarious Una Merkel (as Dixie Dare...!) you are in for a treat of pre code proportions with solid and exciting production values, humor and storyline. Other comments can tell you the story line, I just want to encourage you to see this film and have 70 minutes of constant surprises.... both technically and as entertainment.

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