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Sin Takes a Holiday (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 10 November 1930 (USA)
Dowdy Sylvia accepts her boss' marriage proposal, even though he only asked her to avoid marriage to another woman. As a wealthy wife, Sylvia changes from ugly duckling to uninhibited swan ... See full summary »

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Sylvia Brenner
Kenneth MacKenna ...
Gaylord Stanton
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Reggie Durant
Rita La Roy ...
Grace Lawrence
Louis John Bartels ...
Richards
John Roche ...
Sheridan
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Annie
Kendall Lee ...
Miss Munson
Muriel Finley ...
Ruth (as Murrel Finley)
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Mrs. Graham (as Helen Johnson)
Fred Walton ...
Martin - Stanton's Butler
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Dowdy Sylvia accepts her boss' marriage proposal, even though he only asked her to avoid marriage to another woman. As a wealthy wife, Sylvia changes from ugly duckling to uninhibited swan and even contemplates having an affair with a man she meets during a trip to Paris. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Casada e Sem Marido  »

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The print shown on Turner Classic Movies opens with a 1950's RKO Radio Pictures logo, an anachronism because this is a Pathé production, made before the RKO-Pathé merger, but ultimately released to television in the 1950's by C&C Television Corporation in their original RKO feature film package. See more »

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Interesting pre-Code comedy, ultimately unsatisfying
6 July 2004 | by (Brooklyn, New York, USA) – See all my reviews

This pre-Code comedy is more interesting for its decor and reflection of the morals of the day than for its acting or story. The plot revolves around three characters, each in love with the one who isn't in love with her or him. Things work out in a way--two characters find each other and the third is left to move on. All this happens in an atmosphere of wealth, where amoral dalliance is both expected and titillating. An unfortunate effect is that the three characters come off as facile and, ultimately, unlikeable, the comedic talents of Bennett and the imposing presence of Rathbone notwithstanding. Despite the dismissal of a group of morally repugnant friends at the end, I didn't believe in the couple's future happiness--nor in the morally bankrupt world they inhabit and seem to enjoy. And I felt sorry for the one left out. He seemed the only character with a conscience. The always delightful presence of Zazu Pitts should be noted, though she plays a small role in the plot development. Enjoy this film for the marvelously fantastic Art Deco sets and wonderful period gowns. But ultimately, the resolution of the plot leaves one unsatisfied.


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