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Ann Vickers (1933)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  6 October 1933 (USA)
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Social worker/prison reformer looks for love with men who abuse her, finds herself attracted to a controversial judge.

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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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As the Great War breaks out, Ann Vickers, a serious, independent and forthright woman, falls for 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. Ann and he begin an affair and have a child just as he's indicted. Scandal ruins her career. Can they flaunt convention and find happiness? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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scandal | divorce | reformer | judge | abortion | See more »

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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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$303,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sarah Padden, who is listed as a black woman, supposedly played her role in black-face, since she is not black. She was not seen in the film, but may have been the prisoner executed by hanging. She is seen in long shot and is not recognizable. 'Reginald Barlow' is barely recognizable as the Chaplain following her and reciting a prayer. J. Carrol Naish has a very brief scene lying in bed in an alcoholic stupor. He has no lines. It is a credit to their agents that these three all received on-screen credits. 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

References Shoulder Arms (1918) See more »

Soundtracks

Smiles
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Lee S. Roberts
Lyrics by J. Will Callahan
Played by a band for dance music at the Lorlears Hook Settlement House
Whistled by Sam Hardy
Danced by Sam Hardy and Helen Cromwell and other couples
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A Wonderful Women's Film
2 June 2003 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This is what a woman's film ought to be in this era, not just 70 years ago. The Ann Vickers character is a strong woman devoted to her career and to those who depend on her at the women's prison. She is not without her flaws as any hero or protagonist, but she overcomes so many obstacles and definitely has control over her life. What has happened to strong and complex female roles in modern motion pictures? This movie is well acted, well-written and has a tremendous message. I recommend it to anyone who can get their hands on it, as I believe it is still not available on video. It ranks up there with Norma Shearer's character Jerry in "The Divorcee" as far as a well-developed complex strong female characters. We need more movies depicting our gender this way not just as sex objects but as sexual subjects, with career goals and sex drives. Watch this movie!


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