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The Common Law (1931)

Passed | | Romance, Drama | 24 July 1931 (USA)
Young Valerie models for an American painter who tries to make a future in Paris and they fall in love.

Director:

Paul L. Stein

Writers:

Robert W. Chambers (adapted from his novel by), John Farrow (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Constance Bennett ... Valerie West
Joel McCrea ... John Neville
Lew Cody ... Dick Carmedon
Robert Williams ... Sam
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Claire Collis
Marion Shilling ... Stephanie Brown
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... John Neville Sr.
Paul Ellis ... Querido
Yola d'Avril ... Fifi
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Storyline

Young Valerie models for an American painter who tries to make a future in Paris and they fall in love.

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Taglines:

"I don't care what people say...as long as you say you love me!" (print ad) See more »

Genres:

Romance | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 July 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Common Law See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Pathé Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Quotes

John Neville Sr.: You're getting more like your mother every day.
Mrs. Claire Collis: I should think that would make you very happy.
John Neville Sr.: It does. And a little apprehensive.
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Racy, Talky, and Puritanical
22 September 2005 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

Joel McCrea was one of the great stars of Twentieth Century movies. I'm not thinking of the Westerns for which he was best known, eventually, but for his light comedy, slapstick, and serious comedy. Not to mention his starring role in one of Hitchcock's very best: "Foreign Correspondent." It seems as if many of the fine directors wanted to work with him. In addition to Hitchcock, Preston Sturges used him -- twice. In "Sullivan's Travels" he is certainly an alter-ego for the writer/director.

Early in his career he did light fare, often paired, as here, with Constance Bennett. He also worked with Miriam Hopkins on several occasions, including the far from comic "These Three." Here he is a painter in Paris. He's from a rich family but he's rebelling. He uses Bennett as a model -- and we see her nude. Not totally but first in her undergarments and then with a towel covering the parts we aren't allowed to see.

So how come he is such a prig when he finds out she is a lady with a past? He sure is, though.

The movie is filled with thudding quips and boring banter. It is fun overall but it definitely could have been a great deal better.


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