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Strictly Dishonorable (1931)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 26 December 1931 (USA)
A womanizing singer falls for an old-fashioned Southern belle. The problem is, she already has a fiance.

Director:

John M. Stahl

Writers:

Preston Sturges (stage play), Gladys Lehman (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Lukas ... Gus
Sidney Fox ... Isabelle
Lewis Stone ... The Judge
George Meeker ... Henry
William Ricciardi ... Tomasso
Sidney Toler ... Mulligan
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Storyline

Mississippi belle Isabelle and her hard-headed, quick-tempered Jersey fiancé Henry arrive at an Italian speakeasy in New York. They meet an amiable retired judge there, but Henry's back is up immediately anyway. Henry leaves as his car is parked illegally. Isabelle likes the opera, and it happens that her favourite singer, Di Ruvo, is a bar patron that evening. "Gus", as he prefers to be known, is very charming. Henry returns to find the pair dancing. A row ensues; Henry leaves. Isabelle accepts Gus's offer to retire to his apartment even though he warns her his intentions are "strictly dishonourable". But Henry has told Officer Mulligan that Isabelle has been "kidnapped by villains"... Written by David Steele

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

26 December 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Intenções See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Natalie Moorhead (Lilli) and Joseph W. Girard (Officer) are in studio records for their roles, but never appear. Lilli is often on the phone but since her voice is never heard, she is omitted from the cast list. See more »

Connections

References The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

It Happened in Monterey
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Mabel Wayne
Lyrics by Billy Rose
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Uneven and stagy, but has its moments
7 April 2005 | by BritTiggerSee all my reviews

This film is a fairly faithful adaptation of a Sturges play and, unfortunately, it's stage origins show a little too plainly. One can even fairly easily tell where the Act divisions would have been.

The rhythms and confined locations betray its source-while there are witty passages, other parts do not have a snappy enough pace too advance the fairly sparse (and predictable) plot. Charming performances and has its moments, but Sturges was part of other substantially better scripts in the 30s, that have aged much better. It seems likely that the, for its time, racier elements of the plot held the attention more in its day.

Did like the jokes at the expense of West Orange, New Jersey though!


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