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Sinners' Holiday (1930)

Ma Delano (La Verne) runs a boardwalk penny arcade, living upstairs with her sons (Cagney and Gallagher) and daughter (Knapp). Story involves rum running, accidental murder and a frame-up.

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Mrs. Delano (as Lucille LaVerne)
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Harry Delano
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Myrtle
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Buck
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Jennie
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Ma Delano (La Verne) runs a boardwalk penny arcade, living upstairs with her sons (Cagney and Gallagher) and daughter (Knapp). Story involves rum running, accidental murder and a frame-up. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Romance

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11 October 1930 (USA)  »

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Women in Love  »

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Film debut of Noel Madison. See more »

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When Harry pulls down the window shade, the light in the room only darkens after the shade is clear at the bottom of the window. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Delano: Where was you tomcattin' last night? Come on, think fast, think fast!
Harry Delano: I wasn't tomcattin' no place.
Mrs. Delano: Was you out with that floozy?
Harry Delano: I don't know what you're talkin' about.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: James Cagney (1961) See more »

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Poor acting sinks this one, though it's always nice to see Cagney/Blondell
23 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Quite short even for the time period at 60 minutes, this film is notable only for being James Cagney's film debut, and for being the first of seven that paired him with Joan Blondell. The film titillates us early on with pre-Code naughtiness; for example, a penny arcade game, "Hit The Bull, Up She Goes", which has a woman seated next to a bulls-eye that, when hit with a ball, causes her to flip 90 degrees upwards and reveal her legs. Another is seeing a bathing outfit on leggy Evalyn Knapp that would fit right in in 2016. Unfortunately, the story is pretty simple and the film is marred by poor acting, most notably by lead Grant Withers, who's hard to watch. Even Cagney is uncharacteristically off in his performance. The only exception is Blondell, 24 years old and in her second film role, appearing as a tough-talking brunette, who steals every scene she's in.


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