Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Illicit, 1931

 First viewing

I’ve tried to watch this several times over the years and this was the first time I made it through. Not that it’s a bad movie, it’s just so stale that Barbara Stanwyck barely saves it. The poster above is actually pretty accurate, only she’s not promiscuous. It’s just one guy, only they’re not married. This is her first film at the age of 24, ain’t she a peach.

Also features an equally gorgeous if more polished Joan Blondell wasted in a small friend role. 

But it was the clothes that ultimately kept me watching. The credit for costuming is someone I didn’t recognize who went on to do mediocre things so I have a feeling the true designer went uncredited.

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