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They Call It Sin (Warner 1932, Loretta Young, George Brent)



This is a familiar story about small-town dreams and painful big-city realizations. Loretta Young falls in love with the producer of a Broadway show and is crushed to discover, after following him to the Big Apple, that he’s already married. She must stand by and wait for her opportunity to arrive. A pre-Code potboiler mostly notable for lovely Young.

The year Loretta Young made They Call it Sin, she appeared in five other films. Unlike other actresses, she seldom refused a part, and, due to the Depression, her salary for this film was reduced from $1,000 a week to $800 per week.

production details
USA | Warner Bros. | 69 minutes | 1932

Director: Thornton Freeland
Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Cinematography: James Van Trees
Editor: James Gibbon
Script: Lillie Hayward
Art Direction: Jack Okey

Loretta Young as Marion Cullen
Erville Alderson as Mr. Cullen
Helen Vinson as Enid Hollister
Sheila Terry as Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Joseph Cawthorn as Mr. Hollister
Elizabeth Patterson as Mrs. Cullen
Gloria Shea as Humphries’ receptionist (uncredited)
George Brent as Dr. Tony Travers
Una Merkel as Dixie Dare
David Manners as James E. ‘Jimmy’ Decker
Louis Calhern as Ford Humphries
Nella Walker as Mrs. Hollister
Marion Byron as Soda Jerk (uncredited)
Roscoe Karns as Brad – Rehearsal Director (uncredited)
Dorothy Coonan Wellman as Chorus Girl (uncredited)