They Call It Sin (1932)

68 or 74-75 mins | Drama | 5 November 1932

Director:

Thornton Freeland

Cinematographer:

James Van Trees

Editor:

James Gibbon

Production Designer:

Jack Okey

Production Company:

First National Pictures, Inc.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
22 Oct 1932
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
26 Aug 1932
p. 5
Motion Picture Herald
3 Sep 1932
pp. 42-43
New York Times
21 Oct 1932
p. 25
Variety
25 Oct 1932
p. 15
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 November 1932
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
First National Pictures, Inc.
19 October 1932
LP3351
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68 or 74-75
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

New York businessman Jimmy Decker falls in love with Kansas beauty Marion Cullen even though he is engaged to Enid Hollister, his boss's daughter. Marion, who feels out of place in her staid hometown, is a talented composer. When her parents reveal that she is really their adopted daughter and her unwed mother was a showgirl, she leaves for New York. Once there, she discovers Jimmy's engagement, and realizing that he can do nothing for her, she and dancer Dixie Dare interview with notorious theatrical agent Ford Humphries. Impressed by her talent and her beauty, Humphries offers Marion a job as a rehearsal pianist. During a break, Marion plays one of her own songs for Humphries, who suggests she write a song for one of his shows and offers her the use of his apartment. Marion gently turns down Humphries' pass, but they continue to see each other. One evening, they meet Jimmy's friend, Dr. Tony Travers, in a club. Tony and Marion start to date, and when Jimmy returns from his honeymoon and discovers this, he becomes upset. He attends one of Humphries' parties to tell Marion he still loves her. Humphries sees them kissing and fires Marion. He then uses her songs without credit, and when Jimmy learns of his deceit, he visits Humphries to defend her. Drunk, Humphries falls off his balcony and his injuries put him in a coma. To save Jimmy, Marion insists that she pushed Humphries. Convinced she is lying, Tony uses a risky procedure to revive Humphries, who clears Marion and Jimmy before he dies. Marion realizes she is in love ...

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New York businessman Jimmy Decker falls in love with Kansas beauty Marion Cullen even though he is engaged to Enid Hollister, his boss's daughter. Marion, who feels out of place in her staid hometown, is a talented composer. When her parents reveal that she is really their adopted daughter and her unwed mother was a showgirl, she leaves for New York. Once there, she discovers Jimmy's engagement, and realizing that he can do nothing for her, she and dancer Dixie Dare interview with notorious theatrical agent Ford Humphries. Impressed by her talent and her beauty, Humphries offers Marion a job as a rehearsal pianist. During a break, Marion plays one of her own songs for Humphries, who suggests she write a song for one of his shows and offers her the use of his apartment. Marion gently turns down Humphries' pass, but they continue to see each other. One evening, they meet Jimmy's friend, Dr. Tony Travers, in a club. Tony and Marion start to date, and when Jimmy returns from his honeymoon and discovers this, he becomes upset. He attends one of Humphries' parties to tell Marion he still loves her. Humphries sees them kissing and fires Marion. He then uses her songs without credit, and when Jimmy learns of his deceit, he visits Humphries to defend her. Drunk, Humphries falls off his balcony and his injuries put him in a coma. To save Jimmy, Marion insists that she pushed Humphries. Convinced she is lying, Tony uses a risky procedure to revive Humphries, who clears Marion and Jimmy before he dies. Marion realizes she is in love with Tony and agrees to marry him.

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