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The Woman Between (1931)

Passed | | Drama | 8 August 1931 (USA)
Returning after a long absence, a man learns the woman he fell in love with on the ship going home is his stepmother.

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Irving Kaye Davis (by), Howard Estabrook (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lili Damita ... Julie Whitcomb (as Lily Damita)
Lester Vail ... Victor Whitcomb
O.P. Heggie ... John Whitcomb
Miriam Seegar ... Doris Whitcomb (as Miriam Seeger)
Anita Louise ... Helen Weston
Ruth Weston ... Mrs. Black
Lincoln Stedman ... Buddy
Blanche Friderici ... Mrs. Weston
William Morris ... Frederick Weston
Halliwell Hobbes ... Barton - the Butler
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Julie Whitcomb and Paul Niles meet and fall in love on the ship returning them from Europe. But once in New York, where Julie owns a boutique, she tries to break off their romance, telling Paul she's married. At the same time, Julie's stepdaughter, Doris, plans a welcome home party for her brother, Victor, after his extended absence. He left in a huff when his father, John, planned to marry shortly after his mother died, and never met the intended bride. When Julie joins the party, both are shocked when they see each other. It seems that Victor changed his name to Paul Niles and Julie was known as Madame Julie, the name of her boutique, so they had no idea when they met they were stepmother and stepson. They continue their deception, but Doris guesses the truth when she catches Victor lying about the ship he came in on. She writes a letter to her father telling all, but Julie gets hold of the note. Victor has asked her to meet him at the pier for a ship going back to Europe, and now ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madame Julie See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Remade as Le fils de l'autre (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Close to Me
(1931) (uncredited)
Written by Victor Schertzinger
Performed by Lili Damita
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Move Along, Lady
15 May 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

After Lester Vail's mother died, his father, O.P. Heggie told him he was marrying again. Lester headed out and spent a decade or so knocking around the world. He's headed home, and on the voyage, he has an affair with Lili Damita, who he suspects is married. When he gets home, there she is, his stepmother.

It's one of those improbable soap-opera plots in which the heroine suffers. Miss Damita asks her husband why he married her. To my way of thinking, he should ask her, but the question never seems to come up, only her suffering. Meanwhile, I'm wondering if O.P. Heggie is going to get it in the neck.

Miss Damita sings a chanson adequately, for no clear reason, Miriam Seegar has the face of an angel. I'd like to think that improbably plotted weepers like this are why Miss Damita retired early. Her line readings are too slow and uncertain. Clearly she -- and her character -- are speaking in a second language, and the audience has a tough time understanding her words, let alone her thoughts.


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