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If I Were Free (1933)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  1 December 1933 (USA)
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Gordon Evers, a dignified middle-aged barrister, is depressed and suicidal following an injury suffered during WWI. Sarah Cazenove, an antique dealer, is likewise depressed and suicidal due... See full summary »

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Sarah Cazenove
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Gordon Evers
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Tono Casanove
Henry Stephenson ...
Hector Stribling
Vivian Tobin ...
Jewel Stribling
Laura Hope Crews ...
Dame Evers
Tempe Pigott ...
Mrs. Gill
Lorraine MacLean ...
Catherine Evers
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Gordon Evers, a dignified middle-aged barrister, is depressed and suicidal following an injury suffered during WWI. Sarah Cazenove, an antique dealer, is likewise depressed and suicidal due to her husband's dishonesty and unfaithfulness. Gordon and Sarah fall in love. The relationship is healing for both, but society frowns on their liaison as both are still married. Written by Molly Malloy

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1 December 1933 (USA)  »

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Behold We Live  »

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The play, "Behold, We Live", opened in London on 16 August 1932. See more »

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[first lines]
Man Selling French Postcards: [scene: a Paris street cafe] Des cartes postales, m'sieur? Des cartes postales, sir?
[Man seated with lady shoos the vendor away]
Man Selling French Postcards: [approaching Gordon and Hector's table] Postal cards, m'sier? *Dirty* postcards?
Hector Stribling: [turning away, disgusted] Uh!
Gordon Evers: Charming.
[taking the cards]
Gordon Evers: Would you like to look at them, Hector?
Hector Stribling: Certainly not!
Gordon Evers: How much are they?
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Dunne OK, but Brook is Awful
26 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Irene Dunne fans will probably like the film. Clive Brook is absolutely wooden. What a poor choice for Dunne's leading man.

Brook's facial expression hardly changes, whether he's supposed to be happy or sad, whether he's speaking of his despair or whether he's making love to Dunne. His kissing is positively mechanical. He spends most of the film looking away from his fellow actors or looking down at the floor. In fact, he was much older (about 46) than his character was supposed to be (38), and he looks it.

The plot now seems tired. The plot of a later film, "In Name Only", bears a lot of similarities to this film: (1) Man in unhappy marriage meets his "soul-mate"; (2) Wife won't give him divorce; (3) Sickness in hospital with man calling out for his paramour rather than his wife. This begs the question—which of the authors copied the other? This film hasn't aged well. Since it was made pre-code, they could have spiced this up, but didn't. There are many other films of this vintage which we still enjoy seeing today, but in my opinion, this film isn't one of them.


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