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If I Were Free (1933)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 1 December 1933 (USA)
A suicidal World War I veteran and an antique dealer, both of whom are married to different people, embark on a love affair.


Elliott Nugent


Dwight Taylor (screen play), John Van Druten (play)


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Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Sarah Cazenove
Clive Brook ... Gordon Evers
Nils Asther ... Tono Cazenove
Henry Stephenson ... Hector Stribling
Vivian Tobin ... Jewel Stribling
Laura Hope Crews ... Dame Evers
Tempe Pigott ... Mrs. Gill
Lorraine MacLean Lorraine MacLean ... Catherine Evers


Gordon Evers, a dignified middle-aged barrister, is depressed and suicidal following an injury suffered during WWI. Sarah Cazenove, an antique dealer, is likewise depressed and suicidal due to her husband's dishonesty and unfaithfulness. Gordon and Sarah fall in love. The relationship is healing for both, but society frowns on their liaison as both are still married. Written by Molly Malloy

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

1 December 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Behold, We Live See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The play, "Behold, We Live", opened in London on 16 August 1932. See more »


[first lines]
Man Selling French Postcards: [scene: a Paris street cafe] Des cartes postales, m'sieur? Des cartes postales, sir?
[Man seated with lady shoos the vendor away]
Man Selling French Postcards: [approaching Gordon and Hector's table] Postal cards, m'sier? *Dirty* postcards?
Hector Stribling: [turning away, disgusted] Uh!
Gordon Evers: Charming.
[taking the cards]
Gordon Evers: Would you like to look at them, Hector?
Hector Stribling: Certainly not!
Gordon Evers: How much are they?
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Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
Traditional Irish Air
Played by the organ grinder
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Sappy to be sure - but sweet as candy!
20 December 2001 | by silenceisgoldenSee all my reviews

If you are a romantic at heart, like me, then you'll enjoy this movie. With any other actors it might not have been as good but Irene Dunne and Clive Brook really bring this story to life and it becomes more than just your average romance. Ever since I saw Irene Dunne in Love Affair with Charles Boyer I was a fan so I was SO glad to see TCM show this in tribute to her on her birthday! I was also glad to get to see another fine performance from Clive Brook who I'd only seen in one other movie before this one. I think I'm becoming quite fond of him! ;-)

Oh and for you silent movie fans - Nils Asther plays Irene Dunnes husband - he was SO good at playing jerks! It's a pity his career didn't last longer. Anyway - if you are a fan of romances or just the actors in this movie I highly recommend watching this the next time it's shown on TV!

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