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Ann Vickers (1933)

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

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Capt. Lafayette Resnick
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Malvina Wormser
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Ignatz Spaulding
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Captain Waldo
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Dr. Slenk - Copperhead Gap Warden
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Kitty Cognac
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Mona Dolphin
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Dr. Sorelle (as J. Carroll Naish)
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Lil--Black Woman
Reginald Barlow ...
Chaplain
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Mrs. Feldermans (as Rafaella Ottiano)
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During WWI, Ann Vickers, a humanitarian who is just starting the adult phase of her life, wants to make a difference in the world - using her friend Dr. Malvina Wormser as a role model - but she also wants a fulfilling personal life. She isn't sure if she can accomplish both at the same time. So after a failed relationship with soldier Captain Lafe Resnick which includes a deeper personal tragedy for her, Ann decides instead to focus solely on her career. With a background in nursing and social work, she decides the area of her work will be in prison reform. Her lofty goals do not sit well with many of the male traditionalists in the field, they who may stop her from accomplishing what she wants, at her own personal reputation at risk. Although she has a multitude of wannabe suitors, it isn't until she meets Supreme Court judge Barney Dolphin that she contemplates having that fulfilling personal life at the same time as having a career. But the road to a possible happy ending for Ann ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Romance

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6 October 1933 (USA)  »

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Sinclair Lewis' Ann Vickers  »

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$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, and continue as such through the decade of the 1920s which follows. See more »

Quotes

Barney Dolphin: [last lines]
Matthew Dolphin: 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 the novel. They are revealed by a man's hand who's opening the book and turning the pages. See more »

Connections

References Shoulder Arms (1918) See more »

Soundtracks

Till We Meet Again
(1918) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Ray Egan
Played by a band for dance music at the Lorlears Hook Settlement House
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Interesting Social Commentary
25 May 2001 | by (Peoria, Illinois) – See all my reviews

"Ann Vickers" is an adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' book about an unwed social worker who becomes pregnant during World War I and is subsequently abandoned by her lover. It is a valuable social commentary on the mores and folkways of the time (1933) and explores the double standard then existent that condemned a woman for `loose living' while exonerating a man. The most interesting aspect of the film to me was the fact that it was almost a mirror's image of the sea change that took place in morals during 1920's in the aftermath of World War I.

RKO couldn't have picked a better actress to play the part of Ann Vickers. Irene Dunne was young, sensitive, brave, intelligent – everything the `modern woman' of the day was supposed to be. Her early professional career was marked by a series of skillfully done tearjerkers of which "Ann Vickers" is one of the better ones.

I highly recommend this movie. Walter Huston did a fine job as Ann's second love, and the man who restored her faith in a loving relationship. It's well directed and filmed and is a wonderful insight into life in the U.S. from just after World War I up until the middle of the Great Depression.


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