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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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Taglines:

She Wanted Marriage Rights Without Wedding Rites! (Print Ad- New York Evening Post ((New York NY)) 15 January 1931) 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

The play that's referred to, "Fifty Million Frenchmen" was a musical comedy written by Cole Porter and opened on Broadway in 1929. See more »

Goofs

As Dick and Anne are walking out of the kitchen, about five minutes into the film, a moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the wall to the left. See more »

Quotes

Richard Ives Sr.: You're not the kind of girl to get away with this sort of thing. Oh, I have no doubt there are many relationships of this kind. But, the successful ones, marry sooner or later. You can't lick the marriage institution.
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Soundtracks

Get Happy
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Background music at the Club Lido
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In a twist on a familiar theme...
20 July 2012 | by cbryce59See all my reviews

it is the man in a so-called "illicit" relationship who longs to get married and avoid a reputation, while Ann, played by Barbara Stanwyck holds out. She doesn't have much faith in marriage. But she is eventually convinced, in part by her lover's father. Will she be happy, or proved right, that is the question of the film.

Barbara looks lovely in this film, with darker hair (even though tight satin gowns are very unforgiving). She plays a modern woman, and does so with charm, instead of stridency. As newlyweds, they are blissfully happy, with plenty of money, travels and a beautiful townhouse in Manhattan. But hubby (James Rennie, who was married to Dorothy Gish for a while) is still a bit of a stiff....he complains when Ann turns on the music after a dinner out. She wants to go dancing, he whines about the late hour. Besides he might be catching a cold. Boo hoo. Yet when his friends call up, suddenly he is raring to go. And Ann knows why-he is still carrying a torch for a former girlfriend.

Joan Blondell is smart and chic in a small role.

(One of the most unrealistic lines is when Ann tells her husband she is going to move back to her old place for a while, tonight, right away. Try that in NYC...)


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