Illicit/Girl Missing [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Synopsis

Illicit
Few actresses exuded as much raw sensuality as the pre-Production Code Barbara Stanwyck. In Illicit, Anne Vincent (Stanwyck) spends most of her time dressed in a loose-fitting kimono as the mistress of Dick Ives (James Rennie). The couple lives openly in sin because Anne does not believe in marriage, convinced that she could never remain faithful to Dick if they legalized their union. Sure enough, when Annie and Dick do tie the knot, they immediately begin fooling around with others. In the end, however, morality and fidelity prevails -- and about time! Illicit created quite a stir in 1931, not so much because of its half-hearted advocation of "free love," but because of its unconventionally independent heroine (of course, if it had been the hero who was opposed to marriage, no one would have said boo). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Girl Missing
The missing girl in this weak whodunit from Warner Bros. is redheaded Peggy Shannon, once seen as the successor of "It Girl" Clara Bow. Shannon plays Daisy Bradford, a chorine who mysteriously disappears after dallying with millionaire Henry Gibson (Ben Lyon). Not only has Daisy gone missing, the body of gangster Jim Hendricks (Harold Huber) is found in the garden just below the room where she was last seen. Did Daisy kill Hendricks or was she merely an innocent witness? Fellow chorus girls Kay Curtis (Glenda Farrell) and June Dale (Mary Brian) decide to play amateur sleuths and their investigation leads to sundry other suspects, including Henry who has become smitten with June. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Barbara Stanwyck
    Barbara Stanwyck - Anne Vincent
  • James Rennie
    James Rennie - Dick Ives
  • Charles Butterworth
    Charles Butterworth - Georgie Evans
  • Joan Blondell
    Joan Blondell - Helen Duckie Childers
  • Natalie Moorhead
    Natalie Moorhead - Margie True
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