Unfaithful (1931)

  |  Drama, Romance

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In this society drama set in contemporary England, a noblewoman pretends to be an adulteress in order to protect her sister-in-law, who actually is.


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21 January 2019 | MartinHafer
| Definitely Pre-Code in its sensibilities.
The plot and title for this film, "Unfaithful", is clearly the sort of thing that was very popular in the Pre-Code era, a time in filmmaking when all sorts of adult topics were the rage. In this case, the story is about adultery and an open marriage....pretty adult stuff indeed!

When the story begins, Fay (Ruth Chatterton) marries a rich British man and she's deliriously happy. However, she soon discovers that her husband has a mistress....and he has no intention of giving her up. So, Fay decides to stay married but to also live a gay lifestyle...with lots of men and excitement. Soon she meets an artist, Carl (Paul Lukas), and the two fall in love. He wants to marry her. She, oddly, wishes to remain married and carry on an affair of her own. When he doesn't agree, she dives into the wild life with both feet...all in an effort to upset her husband's stuff friends and to distract herself from a bum marriage.

So is it any good? Well, not particularly. The worst part is hearing Chatterton sing...it almost made me want to loud out loud AND hit fast forward! As far as the story goes, it was okay but had one major problem...I didn't care about anyone. Additionally, it's never at all apparent why Lukas' character falls in love. Otherwise, it's watchable and a decent enough time-passer.

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