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Ann Vickers (1933)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  6 October 1933 (USA)
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A prison reformer and a controversial judge fall in love and have a child out of wedlock.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Ann Vickers
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Barney Dolphin
Conrad Nagel ...
Lindsey Atwell
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Captain Resnick
Edna May Oliver ...
Malvina Wormser
Sam Hardy ...
Russell Spaulding
Mitchell Lewis ...
Captain Waldo
Murray Kinnell ...
Dr. Slenk - Copper Gap Warden
Helen Eby-Rock ...
Kitty Cognac
Gertrude Michael ...
Mona Dolphin
J. Carrol Naish ...
Dr. Sorelle (as J. Carroll Naish)
Sarah Padden ...
Lil, a Black Woman
Reginald Barlow ...
Chaplain
Rafaela Ottiano ...
Mrs. Feldermans (as Rafaella Ottiano)
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Storyline

As the Great War breaks out, Ann Vickers -- serious, independent, and forthright -- embarks on a passionate love affair with an officer who jilts her before she can tell him she's pregnant. After an abortion, she throws herself into social work, stirring things up at a woman's prison and writing a best-seller about the experience. Back in Manhattan, she runs a halfway house for paroled women and meets an equally free-thinking jurist, Barney Dolphin, who's estranged from his wife (she doesn't believe in divorce) and under investigation for corruption. They begin an affair and have a child just as he's indicted. The scandal ruins her career; can they flout convention and find happiness? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com> and Determined Copy Editor

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Drama | Romance

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6 October 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sinclair Lewis' Ann Vickers  »

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Budget:

$303,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Some objections were made by the Hays Office concerning the plot of the first draft of the screenplay, where Ann marries Captain Resnick and then has an affair with Barney. The plot was changed to Ann being seduced by the Captain with the offense somehow deemed less if only one of the parties in the adulterous affair is married. No reference is made about any abortion in the trip to Havana, and in the released print the cause of death of Ann's baby girl is never mentioned. RKO applied for an "Approved" certificate in 1935, when the production code was more rigorously enforced, but they were informed that no certificate would be given because of the film's attitude towards adultery. See more »

Goofs

Although the first part of the picture takes place in 1918, all of Irene Dunne's hairstyles and clothes are strictly in the 1933 mode. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Mischa Feldermans: Who are you?
Barney Dolphin: Well, son, i refuse to answer without advice of counsel.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are printed in the pages of a book, and are revealed by a hand opening the book and turning the pages. See more »

Connections

Features Her Man (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Over There
(1917) (uncredited)
Written by George M. Cohan
Played off screen by an organ grinder
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Would've Made a Good Prison Movie
21 December 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Lackluster romantic drama with feminist elements. Basically it's Irene Dunne spouting off about wanting to have her own career and being involved in relationships with douchebags. All of the success she has career wise is ultimately attributed to a man and the film's message seems to be that a woman's happiness only comes from the love of a man, so I really don't see where feminists are supposed to find much to love about this film. The brief middle part of the film dealing with the brutal goings-on at a women's prison are most interesting. They should've made an entire film of that. The rest is forgettable. The cast is fine. No standouts. Edna May Oliver is wasted, which is just criminal.


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