Illicit (1931)

Unrated   |    |  Drama, Romance

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A young couple lives together out of wedlock, but they find that they're ahead of their time.

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  • Barbara Stanwyck and Ricardo Cortez in Illicit (1931)
  • Barbara Stanwyck and James Rennie in Illicit (1931)
  • Barbara Stanwyck and Ricardo Cortez in Illicit (1931)
  • Barbara Stanwyck and James Rennie in Illicit (1931)
  • Illicit (1931)
  • Illicit (1931)

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1 April 2002 | Jim Tritten
| Interesting story even today
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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