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Sinners' Holiday (1930)

Passed  -  Crime | Romance  -  11 October 1930 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Grant Withers ...
Angel
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Mrs. Delano (as Lucille LaVerne)
Warren Hymer ...
Mitch
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Harry Delano
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Myrtle
Noel Madison ...
Buck
Evalyn Knapp ...
Jennie
Otto Hoffman ...
George
Hank Mann ...
Happy
Ray Gallagher ...
Joe
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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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Based on the Marie Baumer play "Penny Arcade", directed by William Keighley, which debuted on Broadway on March 11, 1930. It flopped, running just three weeks, enabling Al Jolson to pick up the screen rights for $20,000. He resold it to Warner Brothers at a tidy profit with a proviso that James Cagney and Joan Blondell be cast in their original roles. See more »

Quotes

Mitch McKane: What's the hurry? Surprised to see me?
Harry Delano: Why Mitch, you old son of a gun. How are ya? It makes it seem like old times to see you around here. Glad to see ya.
Mitch McKane: Yeah, I'll bet you are.
Harry Delano: Uh, Buck said you wanna see me about something?
Mitch McKane: Yeah.
Harry Delano: Well it it's about Buck's joint, I just fixed up the old lady.
Mitch McKane: I ain't worried about the joint, you dirty double-crossing little rat.
Harry Delano: Why, what's the matter?
Mitch McKane: You know what's the matter. Fred's been peddling my hooch and you're in with them. And you brought in with ...
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Boardwalk bore
26 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Save for the debut of James Cagney and Joan Blondell Sinner's Holiday is a rather lifeless early sound experiment of urban lingo spoken from the side of most of the cast's mouth. Chuck full of cynicism and greed with a murder and sappy romance thrown in for good measure it flounders from the outset.

Ma Delano runs a penny arcade on the midway with her three kids. Two contribute but youngest Harry (Cagney) would rather work where the big money is with bootlegger Mitch McKane. After McKane fires his barker Angel Harrigan (Grant Withers) Ma takes him on. When Mc Kane ends up dead Harrigan becomes the prime suspect.

Sinner's Holiday is filled with hard boiled eggs but most are rotten. It's endless tough talk and little else as director John Adolfi, probably ham strung by the microphone does little to bring any verve or suspense to his scenes. The mercurial Cagney and sassy Blondell bring some life to their limited roles but Withers sarcastic lead looks bored most of the time and Evelyn Knapp as his love interest about as engrossed as he. Holiday is no way to enjoy one.


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