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The Sin of Nora Moran (1933)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 13 December 1933 (USA)
Nora Moran, a young woman with a difficult and tragic past, is sentenced to die for a murder that she did not commit. She could easily reveal the truth and save her own life, if only it ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
John Miljan ...
District Attorney John Grant
Gov. Dick Crawford
Mrs. Edith Crawford
Mrs. Watts
Father Ryan
Otis Harlan ...
Mr. Moran
Aggie Herring ...
Mrs. Moran
Cora Sue Collins ...
Captain of Detectives (as Joe Girard)
Harvey Clark
Rolfe Sedan ...
Stage Manager


Nora Moran, a young woman with a difficult and tragic past, is sentenced to die for a murder that she did not commit. She could easily reveal the truth and save her own life, if only it would not damage the lives, careers and reputations of those whom she loves. Written by Kieran Kenney

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A MAJESTIC PICTURE which proudly leads the outstanding screen attractions of 1934 (original poster) See more »


Crime | Drama






Release Date:

13 December 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Woman in the Chair  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Music cues 'Nora Theme' and 'Love Theme', composed by Heinz Roemheld and introduced in this film, were used in other films produced by numerous low-budget studios in the mid-1930's, including Universal and Republic. See more »


District Attorney John Grant: And to me he was just a figurehead that I had groomed for the governorship to further my own political power. When I finally got wind of what was going on, he had become a damned important figurehead.
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Referenced in Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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An astounding noir surprise from 1933
10 December 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

MAJESTIC PICTURES in their short Hollywood production life 1930-35 made excellent small films using sets at other studios. This meant they could use those facilities and instead spend big on actors and crew. Without studio overheads their input concentrated on finding and using excellent A grade sets and costumes and facilities without owning them. As a result their films had an RKO or MGM look. Actors would be called to make a film at RKO and find it a Majestic title ensuring constant work on a big lot but maybe for a minor player. This allowed Majestic to get A tech and image at a bargain rate and not embarrass their desired actors. However in this film they even excelled themselves and most Hollywood majors studio style in creating a unique melancholy almost- noir nightmare of doomed love and honor... and all the emotional treachery that goes with it. Somewhere between SORRY WRONG NUMBER and DETOUR and overlapping time shift of PULP FICTION, this film THE SIN OF NORA MORAN uses those techniques and techniques of voice over, flashback and sad romance with equal parts hangman's noose, resigned fate and deceit. What a find! THE SIN OF NORA MORAN is a film school textbook of economic film making and could easily stand an upgraded remake today. Excellent! Treat yourself!. Good restored UCLA DVD too. Zita Johan in the lead part as Nora is simply exquisite and her melancholy tone throughout is most effective. Her sin? Being born.

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