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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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Lucille La Verne ...
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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11 October 1930 (USA)  »

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Women in Love  »

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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 »

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Angel Harrigan: Gee Jennie, I'm crazy aboutcha. Why I'd... I'd even marry ya.
Jennie Delano: That's thoughtful of you.
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Featured in James Cagney: Top of the World (1992) See more »

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Cagney's debut in forgettable potboiler...
2 January 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I could tell from the trailer for SINNERS' HOLIDAY that this is a film I could very well do without viewing--but I tuned in to see Cagney in his debut performance.

This is a museum piece, creaky in plot and development with abysmal stage dialogue and unnatural performances from GRANT WITHERS and EVELYN KNAPP, both of whom get top billing but neither one able to act their way out of a paper bag.

JAMES CAGNEY has the thankless role of the son caught up in a murder charge, a n'er-do-well punk with a trampy girlfriend (JOAN BLONDELL in unflattering make-up and hairstyle), and a harridan for a mother (LUCILLE La VERNE), the woman who gave The Witch a voice in Disney's "Snow White" several years later. None of these characters have any depth or engage the viewer for more than a few seconds. La Verne is particularly unpleasant in the central mother role.

Summing up: Nothing good to say about this one, except that Cagney alone deserves praise for his crying scene. He really throws himself into the part.

This is obviously a quickie churned out by the Warner factory in the early '30s as a part of their crime drama series.


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