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They Call It Sin

They Call It Sin(1932)


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Traveling salesman Jimmy Decker falls in love with Kansas beauty Marion Cullen even though he is engaged to Enid Hollister, his boss's daughter. Marion is a talented composer, and when her foster parents reveal that she is really the illegitmate daughter of a showgirl, she leaves for New York. Once there, she discovers Jimmy's engagement, and realizing that he can do nothing for her, she and dancer Dixie Dare interview with notorious theatrical agent Ford Humphries. Impressed by her talent and her beauty, Humphries offers Marion a job as a rehearsal pianist. During a break, Marion plays one of her own songs for Humphries, who suggests she write a song for one of his shows and offers her the use of his apartment. Marion gently turns down Humphries' pass, but they continue to see each other. One evening, they meet Jimmy's friend, Dr. Tony Travers, in a club. Tony and Marion start to date, and when Jimmy returns from his honeymoon and discovers this, he becomes upset. He attends one of Humphries' parties to tell Marion he still loves her. Humphries sees them kissing and fires Marion. He then uses her songs without credit, and when Jimmy learns of his deceit, he visits Humphries to defend her. Drunk, Humphries falls off his balcony and his injuries put him in a coma. To save Jimmy, Marion insists that she pushed Humphries. Convinced she is lying, Tony uses a risky procedure to revive Humphries, who clears Marion and Jimmy before he dies. Marion realizes she is in love with Tony and agrees to marry him.