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Director  Thornton Freeland
Cinematography  James Van Trees
Country  United States
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Costume design  Orry-Kelly
Language  English
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Writer  Lillie Hayward, Howard J. Green
Release date  November 5, 1932 (1932-11-05)
Based on  novel They Call It Sin  by Alberta Stedman Eagan
Cast  Loretta Young (Marion Cullen), George Brent (Dr. Tony Travers), Una Merkel (Dixie Dare), David Manners (James E. 'Jimmie' Decker), Helen Vinson (Enid Hollister), Louis Calhern (Ford Humphries)
Similar movies  Brooklyn's Finest, Salt, Independence Day, Breaking the Waves, Southland Tales, The Man from Earth

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They Call It Sin is a 1932 American pre-Code drama film starring Loretta Young as a farmer's daughter who follows a traveling salesman to New York City, only to discover he is already engaged.


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Small-town church organist Marion Cullen (Young) falls in love with traveling salesman Jimmy Decker. When she learns that the couple who raised her are not really her parents, and that she is actually the illegitimate daughter of a showgirl, she sets out for New York City in search of Jimmy. However, she discovers that he is engaged to Enid Hollister, his boss's daughter. Dr. Travers, who is in love with Marion, offers to help her out, but she decides to try to make it on her own.

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Jobs are scarce, however. She ends up with other hopeful showgirls, among them Dixie Dare, hoping to audition for a part in Ford Humphries' new production. The philandering Humphries likes what he sees in Marion, and hires her as a piano accompanist. Dixie gets a job as well, and she and Marion become friends and roommates.

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Travers sees Humphries and Marion together, and knowing the former's reputation, brings Jimmy to Humphries' party. Jimmy tells Marion that he loves her, but she refuses to break up his marriage. When she also refuses Humphries' advances, he fires her, but decides to use one of the songs she has composed in his production, claiming he wrote it himself. When she finds out, she confronts him, but he denies everything. Jimmy goes to Humphries' suite to try to convince him to do the right thing. During their argument, Humphries stumbles and falls onto the balcony below and ends up in a coma. Jimmy flees the scene, but the police have a description of him and suspect him of attempted murder.

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To shield Jimmy, Marion confesses to the non-existent crime. Desperate, Travers operates on Humphries for hours; Humphries regains consciousness and explains what really happened in front of witnesses before dying. Marion is released, and becomes engaged to Travers.


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  • Loretta Young as Marion Cullen
  • George Brent as Dr. Travers
  • Una Merkel as Dixie Dare
  • David Manners as Jimmy Decker
  • Helen Vinson as Enid Hollister
  • Louis Calhern as Ford Humphries
  • Joseph Cawthorn as Mr. Hollister (credited as Joe Cawthorne)
  • Nella Walker as Mrs. Hollister
  • Elizabeth Patterson as Mrs. Cullen
  • Erville Alderson as Mr. Cullen
  • Roscoe Karns as Brandt (uncredited)
  • Reception

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    Mordaunt Hall, reviewer for The New York Times, dismissed it as an "unimportant offering ... weighted down with more or less stereotyped sensational episodes, none of which adds one iota of lifelike quality to the production", although the "back-stage episodes are produced neatly and with a praiseworthy degree of imagination in the direction." He did, however, praise several of the principal actors: "Miss Young is charming as Marion, but she has to share the acting laurels with Miss Merkel, who makes the most of her every line." "George Brent does quite well as Tony."

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