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Illicit (1931)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 14 February 1931 (USA)
A young couple lives together out of wedlock, but they find that they're ahead of their time.

Director:

Archie Mayo

Writers:

Edith Fitzgerald (by), Robert Riskin (by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Anne Vincent
James Rennie ... 'Dick' Ives II
Ricardo Cortez ... Price Baines
Natalie Moorhead ... Margie True
Charles Butterworth ... Georgie Evans
Joan Blondell ... Helen 'Duckie' Childers
Claude Gillingwater ... Ives Sr.
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Storyline

Ann, a young lady of scandalously "advanced" ideas, has been living in near-sin with blueblood lover Dick, due to her conviction that marriage will destroy their love. Finally, social pressure forces them to marry; in due course, it looks as if Ann was right. Her solution: to separate and return to dating. Can this marriage be saved? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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WHO WAS RIGHT? Can a woman hold a man without marriage? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ilícito See more »

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Budget:

$249,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Brunswick Radios Used Exclusively)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriting debut of Robert Riskin. See more »

Goofs

At 37:07 when Ann is about to turn on the radio, the boom mic shadow is visible on the wall. See more »

Quotes

Richard 'Dick' Ives II: Dad, what would you do with a girl like that?
Richard Ives Sr.: I'd grab her any way she'd have me.
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Connections

Version of Ex-Lady (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Happy
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Background music at the Club Lido
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Interesting story even today
1 April 2002 | by Jim TrittenSee all my reviews

Barbara Stanwyck and James Rennie are ultra-modern 1930s lovers who shun conventional trappings such as marriage. She is afraid that marriage will kill the romance. Who has not had these fears? He is eternally patient, but his father maneuvers her into a commitment. Their marriage stumbles (whose hasn't) and the ex-girlfriend and ex-boyfriend enter the scene. Soon this thoroughly modern couple are acting like typical married folk and Barbara declares that the marriage has indeed killed the love. Stanwyck exhibits skills as an actress that will make her famous in better films later. Claude Gillingwater's portrayal of the father is excellent and serve as a good role model. Charles Butterworth (the faithful friend) was really quite a wit and succeeds in stealing a scene or two. I can overlook any technical flaws in the movie because I think that the central issues are still relevant today. Who has to compromise more in a marriage? The husband or the wife? Will each of the lovers do what is necessary to save the marriage when they know they have problems? All is not revealed until the final scene whose outcome is by no means certain. Good movie, not a great one, but good entertainment for a couple that talk to each other. I say watch it (if you can find it) and see if this pre-Code movie does not warrant your appreciation and was worth your time.


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