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Illegal (1932)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 29 September 1932 (UK)
This is the story of a woman who kicks out her no-good second husband after he wastes all her money. Since gambling and drink had taken all her money, she decides to use the money from a ... See full summary »


William C. McGann (as William McGann)


Irving Asher (story), Roland Pertwee (scenario) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Isobel Elsom ... Mrs. Evelyn Dean
Ivor Barnard ... Albert
D.A. Clarke-Smith D.A. Clarke-Smith ... Franklyn Dean (as D.E. Clarke-Smith)
Margot Grahame ... Dorothy Turner
Moira Lynd Moira Lynd ... Ann Turner
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This is the story of a woman who kicks out her no-good second husband after he wastes all her money. Since gambling and drink had taken all her money, she decides to use the money from a windfall to open an illegal after hours night club and gambling parlor, in order to provide her two daughters with a high society education. Eventually she gets caught, and the daughters take over the night club and legitimize it. But the daughters have conflicts, and the no-good husband shows up to complicate matters. Written by Robert Tonsing <rtonsing@ti.com>

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The sensational story of a daughter who suffered for her Mother's sins! (original ad)


Crime | Drama








Release Date:

29 September 1932 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film had its U. S. television premiere as part of the Associated Artists Productions (AAP) Warner Bros. film package in 1956; it was more recently shown on Turner Classic Movies on 17 September 2007 during TCM's festival of films made by Warner Brothers at Teddington Studios in the UK. See more »


The film begins in 1920, then advances to 1925, but during this time, all of the women's hairstyles and clothes, and the orchestra music played in the first night club, are strictly in the 1932 mode. See more »


Can't We Talk It Over
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Performed by Billy Gerhardi and His Orchestra
Sung by Margot Grahame
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This women's picture has everything
19 September 2007 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

It could mop the floor with most other films in this genre during the thirties. It's very much like an early version of "Mildred Pierce." Isabel Elsom is its Mildred: Life has dealt her a shoddy hand. So with the encouragement of a man who is her friend but not more she opens a club.

She wants only the best for her two daughters, though. And one of them is played by Margot Graham. And that daughter is the equivalent of Veda! She is trouble with a capital "T." Then there is Elsom's second husband, the girls' stepfather ...! Let's not even get into that. We don't want to give anything away.

It's an antique but it still packs a wallop. The acting is generally good to excellent (Graham and Elsom.) I think the original "Scarface," which came out around this same time, remains one of the most shocking movies every made. And this one, its own way -- and on its own terms -- is shocking too.

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