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The Woman Between (1931)

Passed | | Drama | 8 August 1931 (USA)
Returning after a long absence, a man learns the woman he fell in love with on the ship going home is his stepmother.

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Irving Kaye Davis (by), Howard Estabrook (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lili Damita ... Julie Whitcomb (as Lily Damita)
Lester Vail ... Victor Whitcomb
O.P. Heggie ... John Whitcomb
Miriam Seegar ... Doris Whitcomb (as Miriam Seeger)
Anita Louise ... Helen Weston
Ruth Weston ... Mrs. Black
Lincoln Stedman ... Buddy
Blanche Friderici ... Mrs. Weston
William Morris ... Frederick Weston
Halliwell Hobbes ... Barton - the Butler
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Julie Whitcomb and Paul Niles meet and fall in love on the ship returning them from Europe. But once in New York, where Julie owns a boutique, she tries to break off their romance, telling Paul she's married. At the same time, Julie's stepdaughter, Doris, plans a welcome home party for her brother, Victor, after his extended absence. He left in a huff when his father, John, planned to marry shortly after his mother died, and never met the intended bride. When Julie joins the party, both are shocked when they see each other. It seems that Victor changed his name to Paul Niles and Julie was known as Madame Julie, the name of her boutique, so they had no idea when they met they were stepmother and stepson. They continue their deception, but Doris guesses the truth when she catches Victor lying about the ship he came in on. She writes a letter to her father telling all, but Julie gets hold of the note. Victor has asked her to meet him at the pier for a ship going back to Europe, and now ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Glamorous Damita in Crackling Tale of Tempestuous Emotion

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madame Julie See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Connections

Remade as Le fils de l'autre (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Close to Me
(1931) (uncredited)
Written by Victor Schertzinger
Performed by Lili Damita
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It's easy to see why Lily Damita never became a big star.
11 July 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

If you mention the name Lily Damita today, you'd probably find few people that would remember her. Some, like me, would remember that she was one of Errol Flynn's wives. But very, very few would remember her as an actress. This is because she never made that many films--and this probably was because she was a terrible actress. Now it might not have been entirely her fault--after all, English clearly was not her first language. And, in the 30s and 40s, Hollywood was trying again and again to replicate the Garbo appeal by hiring a wide variety of European vamps--most of which were not particularly good--and she was just one of many such actresses. But when you see "The Woman Between", the limitations of her talents are clearly demonstrated.

Damita plays a woman who is torn between her loving husband and her husband's estranged son who she met on a cruise. Not knowing who she was, she fell for him and plans on running away with the younger man. Now her is where it gets weird--even when the two young lovers realize the score, they STILL plan on running away...sort of like a reworking of Oedipus!

So why do I give the film a 3? Well, due to Damita's performance and most everything else about the movie, I was planning on giving it a 1 or a 2. After all, Damita mostly stares into the camera and does a great impression of a woman suffering from Diverticulitis! The other actors are often quite bad (particularly the whiny daughter) and there is a lot of very sloppy exposition in the beginning of the film--where friends explain, very rapidly, the back story in an incredibly unnatural and awkward manner. However, the husband (O.P. Heggie) was quite good--too good for this thankless film. I liked his performance.


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