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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
Mitchell Lewis ...
Captain Waldo
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Dr. Slenk - Copperhead Gap Warden
Helen Eby-Rock ...
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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Storyline

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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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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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 Joan the Woman (1916) See more »

Soundtracks

Over There
(1917) (uncredited)
Written by George M. Cohan
Played off screen by an organ grinder
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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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