6.2/10
160
9 user 2 critic

If I Were Free (1933)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 1 December 1933 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (play)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A steelworker and his aspiring wife make millions when they become partners in a dyeworks. Unfortunately, success does not bring happiness.

Director: J. Walter Ruben
Stars: Irene Dunne, Charles Bickford, Gwili Andre
Ann Vickers (1933)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A prison reformer and a controversial judge fall in love and have a child out of wedlock.

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Irene Dunne, Walter Huston, Conrad Nagel
Sweet Adeline (1934)
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In 1898, composer Sid Barnett manages to get his sweetheart, Adeline the beer-garden singer, to sing the lead in his new Broadway operetta; this infuriates Elysia, the erstwhile star. But ... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Irene Dunne, Donald Woods, Hugh Herbert
Stingaree (1934)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A young woman is seduced by a charismatic highwayman who offers her promises of fame as a singer in exchange for romance.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Irene Dunne, Richard Dix, Mary Boland
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A domineering matriarch is less than happy when her son brings home his new bride. She immediately sets to work at sabotaging their marriage as well as the engagement of her younger and ... See full summary »

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Irene Dunne, Joel McCrea, Laura Hope Crews
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Irene Dunne is married to Ralph Bellamy. Their union is comfortable but all that changes when Bellamy's old flame Constance Cummings comes back to town. Will the the thrill of loves past disrupt their happy home?

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Irene Dunne, Constance Cummings, Ralph Bellamy
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An egotistical boxer romances a rich backer's daughter.

Director: Wesley Ruggles
Stars: Irene Dunne, Fred MacMurray, Charles Ruggles
Musical | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Pennsylvania, 1859. Railroad tycoon Brennan (Alan Hale) is muscling in on oil-drilling farmers, led by Peter Cortland (Randolph Scott). Cortland must try to save their oil business, while also saving his marriage to Sally (Irene Dunne).

Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Stars: Irene Dunne, Randolph Scott, Dorothy Lamour
Show Boat (1936)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Despite her mother's objections, the naive young daughter of a show boat captain is thrust into the limelight as the company's new leading lady.

Director: James Whale
Stars: Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Charles Winninger
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

London based American nurse, Susan, Lady Ashwood, is at the hospital awaiting the imminent arrival of injured soldiers. She is hoping that her enlisted son, Sir John Ashwood, who resembles ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Irene Dunne, Alan Marshal, Roddy McDowall
Back Street (1932)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A woman's love for and devotion to a married man results in her being relegated to the "back streets" of his life.

Director: John M. Stahl
Stars: Irene Dunne, John Boles, June Clyde
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An engaged attorney and a divorcee fall for each other in 1870s Manhattan.

Director: Philip Moeller
Stars: Irene Dunne, John Boles, Lionel Atwill
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Gordon Evers
...
Tono Casanove
Henry Stephenson ...
Hector Stribling
Vivian Tobin ...
Jewel Stribling
Laura Hope Crews ...
Dame Evers
Tempe Pigott ...
Mrs. Gill
Lorraine MacLean ...
Catherine Evers
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 December 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Behold We Live  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

[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?
[...]
See more »

Soundtracks

Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
(uncredited)
Traditional Irish Air
Played by the organ grinder
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Gentle Little Love Story
13 February 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Two desperately unhappy people, both trapped in loveless marriages, meet one night by chance in Paris...

IF I WERE FREE is a fine example of what could be done with a soap opera plot when given the advantages of excellent acting & good production values. In less expert hands the film could have easily become awkward & mawkish; instead, the viewer is given slightly over an hour of solid entertainment.

Irene Dunne & Clive Brook are first rate as the sensible lovers who enter a relationship with their eyes wide open. Some clever scenes with sophisticated dialogue - going through her childhood books, visiting his favorite old church - makes their interaction a delight.

Considerable contributions are also given by the supporting performers: Henry Stephenson as Brook's jolly legal friend and Vivian Tobin as his pixilated wife are very amusing. Laura Hope Crews as Brook's free spirited mother & Tempe Pigott as Dunne's Cockney housekeeper add their own style of drollery to the proceedings.

Silent film star Nils Asther scores in the small role of Dunne's caddish husband. His celebrity had considerably dimmed with the arrival of talking pictures, but given a decent role this actor could still deliver the goods.

Movie mavens will recognize an uncredited Halliwell Hobbes as Brook's butler.


16 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss If I Were Free (1933) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?