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My Sin (1931)

Passed | | Drama | 3 October 1931 (USA)
Acquitted of murder charges, Carlotta moves to New York to start a new life.

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Carlotta / Ann Trevor
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Dick Grady
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Roger Metcalf
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Larry Gordon
Anne Sutherland ...
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Paula Osgood (Paula Marsden per credits)
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James Bradford
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Helen Grace
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In Panama, notorious nightclub hostess Carlotta kills a man in self-defense and is arrested for murder. Defending her at her trial is Dick Grady, a lawyer who has wasted his talent on alcohol. When he proves Carlotta's innocence, however, he regains respect and employment. Dick goes to Carlotta's apartment to thank her, and arrives just in time to keep her from committing suicide. He agrees that while the persona of Carlotta must die, the woman inside must go on and start anew. Loaning her his advance money, Carlotta and Dick create a new identity for her as "Ann Trevor," and she moves to New York. Through various letters and repayment checks, Dick learns that Carlotta is happy and successful and falls in love with her. He relocates to New York, where Carlotta is employed as an interior decorator and is engaged to wealthy Larry Gordon. Carlotta is happy to see Dick again, but is dismayed to learn that he is in love with her. Dick believes she is deceiving Larry because she does not ... Written by denzoid

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. In Philadelphia, its television premiere took place on the Late, Late Show Monday evening 22 June 1959, on WCAU (Channel 10). See more »

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Written by Ernesto Lecuona and Gustavo Sánchez Galarraga
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Tallulah's Sin

While collaborating for a catalog of international films that have something to do with Panama (including those that were partially or entirely set there, others that were filmed entirely or partially in Panama, or those in which the country is simply mentioned or shown for some relevant reason in the plot), I came across this 1931 film, made prior to the implementation of the Hays Code, and therefore having more freedom to tell a story of sexual corruption and decay, starring the controversial great actress Tallulah Bankhead. It did not take me long to locate the movie and to see what Tallulah's sin was. Based on Frederick J. Jackson's play "Her Past", a third of the story takes place in the capital city of the Republic of Panama. Tallulah is Carlotta, a singer- hostess in a most cheerful and lively bar that seems to be located on 12th Street of the Santa Ana neighborhood. Besieged by her ruffian husband, Carlotta kills the fool with two shots, is arrested and accused, but in her trial she is defended by Fredric March (at his most handsome), an American heavy-drinking lawyer, who wanders through the seedy joints of the outskirts of Panama City, but manages to have her declared innocent. The verdict radically changes the perspective from which they both see their lives, and when she migrates to New York and he goes to Mexico positive changes occur. The rest of the film is a romantic melodrama the past passing the bill, with class difference as a conflicting force. Not a big deal, but it was a Paramount A product made by George Abbott, a true New York theater legend who lived 108 years, in which he directed dozens of plays, won 11 Tony Awards and a Pulitzer prize, and wrote, among many others, «Pajama Game», «Damn Yankees!» and »A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.» He did not direct many films, concentrated more on his stage activity, which may explain why he frequently shot the scenes in long shots, with few close-ups, from a script that mainly consists of long dialog scenes. In short, «My Sin» is a curiosity, with a lively first section, evoking the Panama night life, enlivened by Cuban melodies by Gonzalo Roig, Nilo Meléndez and Ernesto Lecuona.


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