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
Sam Hardy ...
Ignatz Spaulding
Mitchell Lewis ...
Captain Waldo
Murray Kinnell ...
Dr. Slenk - Copperhead Gap Warden
Helen Eby-Rock ...
Kitty Cognac
Gertrude Michael ...
Mona Dolphin
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Dr. Sorelle (as J. Carroll Naish)
Sarah Padden ...
Lil--Black Woman
Reginald Barlow ...
Chaplain
Rafaela Ottiano ...
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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Director John Cromwell often played uncredited cameos in his films. In this one, he's the sad-faced doughboy at the settlement party; there are three good shots of him looking piningly at Irene Dunne. See more »

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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 the novel. They are revealed by a man's hand who's opening the book and turning the pages. See more »

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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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Top notch drama
7 April 2004 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

To call Ann Vickers a women's picture may technically be accurate--it was, indeed, adapted by Jane Murfin, also responsible for 1939's The Women--but it's much more than that. Quite simply, this is one of the best dramas ever produced in Hollywood. Written with delicacy and tenderness, yet planted firmly in the cruel realities of life, Ann Vickers includes a tour de force performance by Irene Dunne, ably supported by the wonderful Walter Huston as her lover, and Conrad Nagel and Bruce Cabot as would be paramours. There are some incredibly powerful moments here, especially during the prison scenes, and Dunne and Huston are magical whenever they're on screen together. Certainly daring by the standards of the time, Ann Vickers is a refreshingly honest and still topical masterpiece.


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