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Born to Love (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | 17 April 1931 (USA)
A war officer who is thought dead returns to the woman he loves, only to find she has remarried.

Director:

Paul L. Stein

Writers:

Ernest Pascal (photoplay), Ernest Pascal (dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Constance Bennett ... Doris Kendall
Joel McCrea ... Barry Craig
Paul Cavanagh ... Sir Wilfred Drake
Frederick Kerr ... Lord Ponsonby
Louise Closser Hale ... Lady Ponsonby
Anthony Bushell ... Leslie Darrow
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A war officer who is thought dead returns to the woman he loves, only to find she has remarried.

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Taglines:

BORN TO LOVE THE MAN SHE MUST NOT LOVE AND THE LOVE CHILD SHE MUST NOT CLAIM! (Print Ad- Milwaukee Sentinel, ((Milwaukee, Wisc.)) 28 April 1931)

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Feita para Amar See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Pathé Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Though the victory parade would have taken place after the armistice in November, 1918, it is bright and sunny and people are dressed for warm weather. See more »

Soundtracks

The Darktown Strutters' Ball
(1917) (uncredited)
Written by Shelton Brooks
Played at a dance
Incorporated into the score
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Melodramatic But Effective
3 August 2005 | by martinasiner@aol.comSee all my reviews

In BORN TO LOVE, Constance Bennett (Doris) and Joel McRea (Barry) are lovers who meet during the last weeks of the First World War. London is portrayed as a city in imminent danger of bombs from aircraft. They meet and predictably fall in love despite the chaos and confusion that surround them. There is an interesting scene in which they make love, one that is prudishly suggested off screen, yet one that in just a few years would have been banned by Hollywood as overtly salacious. The plot is the contrived package of Barry's reported death, forcing Doris to marry another. The second half of the film is less melodramatic and more of an acerbic commentary on the harshness of an English divorce system that allows a rich and titled husband to retain custody of a child over the wishes of a impecunious mother. There is an encoded ideology in the film that does not hide the fact that poor women who marry titled men can expect no mercy or kindness from a patriarchal legal system. BORN TO LOVE nevertheless carries the audience to a satisfying if not predictable conclusion of the need for true love to triumph over formidable societal obstacles.


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