Illicit (1931)

76 or 81 mins | Drama | 14 February 1931

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HISTORY

Var notes that New York censors required cuts and suggests that they may have eliminated subtle touches in the film's story. The file on the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library notes that the New York censors objected to the film's title. The files indicate that several states and countries requested cuts in dialogue which makes it clear that Anne and Dick have been intimate with one another, as well as references to a friend's adulterous marriage. Some censors requested that less suggestive angles be used in certain scenes. In a letter to Warner Bros. executive Darryl Zanuck , Jason S. Joy, Director of the Studio Relations Office of the AMPP, suggests that the drinking scenes be cut as they did not seem necessary for the development of the characters. According to Var , Barbara Stanwyck was borrowed from Columbia for $7,000 a week. According to studio records, Neil Hamilton was intitially signed as "Dick", Lucille Ward as "Susan", and Lew Cody as "Price". Modern sources add Hazel Howell to the cast. Edith Fitzgerald and Robert Riskin's play was used as the basis for Warner Bros. 1933 film Ex-Lady (see ... More Less

Var notes that New York censors required cuts and suggests that they may have eliminated subtle touches in the film's story. The file on the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library notes that the New York censors objected to the film's title. The files indicate that several states and countries requested cuts in dialogue which makes it clear that Anne and Dick have been intimate with one another, as well as references to a friend's adulterous marriage. Some censors requested that less suggestive angles be used in certain scenes. In a letter to Warner Bros. executive Darryl Zanuck , Jason S. Joy, Director of the Studio Relations Office of the AMPP, suggests that the drinking scenes be cut as they did not seem necessary for the development of the characters. According to Var , Barbara Stanwyck was borrowed from Columbia for $7,000 a week. According to studio records, Neil Hamilton was intitially signed as "Dick", Lucille Ward as "Susan", and Lew Cody as "Price". Modern sources add Hazel Howell to the cast. Edith Fitzgerald and Robert Riskin's play was used as the basis for Warner Bros. 1933 film Ex-Lady (see above). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
18 Jan 31
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald
25 Oct 30
p. 42.
New York Times
19 Jan 31
p. 25.
Variety
21 Jan 1931. p. 17.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Temp asst dir
Second asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Adpt and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
2d cam
2d cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Ward
Women's wardrobe
SOUND
MAKEUP
PRODUCTION MISC
Props
Asst props
Asst props
Script
Still photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on a play by Edith Fitzgerald and Robert Riskin (copyrighted 1 Jul 1930).
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 February 1931
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
21 January 1931
Copyright Number:
LP1924
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
76 or 81
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Dick Ives, a wealthy New Yorker, and Anne Vincent, a beautiful and liberated young woman, are lovers. Despite Dick's eagerness to marry Anne, she refuses, afraid to lose the romance in their relationship. When they learn from their friend Georgie Evans and from Dick's father that they have become the subject of scandal, the couple succumbs to social pressure and marries. Their wedding is threatened by one of Anne's ex-lovers, Price Baines, who begs her to reconsider, but Anne refuses to leave Dick. Price tells Anne that he will be waiting when she tires of marriage. After a year of marriage, Dick and Anne are taking each other for granted, and Dick starts seeing another woman, Margie True, who has always been in love with him. Anne learns about his affair when she goes to a nightclub with friends Georgie and Helen Dukie Childes and sees Dick with Margie. Later, he lies to Anne about it, and deeply hurt by his actions, she leaves him and takes her own apartment. Dick and Anne continue to see each other, but when he finds Price at Anne's apartment one day, he begs her to come home with him. When Anne refuses, Dick tells her that from now on he will live his life with complete freedom. Dick plans to go abroad with Margie, but at the last minute he returns to Anne, and they resolve never to ... +


Dick Ives, a wealthy New Yorker, and Anne Vincent, a beautiful and liberated young woman, are lovers. Despite Dick's eagerness to marry Anne, she refuses, afraid to lose the romance in their relationship. When they learn from their friend Georgie Evans and from Dick's father that they have become the subject of scandal, the couple succumbs to social pressure and marries. Their wedding is threatened by one of Anne's ex-lovers, Price Baines, who begs her to reconsider, but Anne refuses to leave Dick. Price tells Anne that he will be waiting when she tires of marriage. After a year of marriage, Dick and Anne are taking each other for granted, and Dick starts seeing another woman, Margie True, who has always been in love with him. Anne learns about his affair when she goes to a nightclub with friends Georgie and Helen Dukie Childes and sees Dick with Margie. Later, he lies to Anne about it, and deeply hurt by his actions, she leaves him and takes her own apartment. Dick and Anne continue to see each other, but when he finds Price at Anne's apartment one day, he begs her to come home with him. When Anne refuses, Dick tells her that from now on he will live his life with complete freedom. Dick plans to go abroad with Margie, but at the last minute he returns to Anne, and they resolve never to separate. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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