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Sister to Judas (1932)

Passed  -  Drama  -  26 December 1932 (USA)
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A young writer saves a desperate young woman from committing suicide. They eventually fall in love and marry, but their marriage faces some serious roadblocks.

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Anne Fane aka Anne Ross
Holmes Herbert ...
Bruce Rogers
John Harron ...
Ronnie Ross
Lee Moran ...
Percy Fane
David Callis ...
Elmer Fane
Wilfred Lucas ...
Mike O'Flanagan
Stella Adams ...
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Virginia True Boardman ...
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A young writer saves a desperate young woman from committing suicide. They eventually fall in love and marry, but their marriage faces some serious roadblocks.

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Tragedy and Tear Gas!!
29 July 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

While Claire Windsor had definitely had her day back in the 1920s, she created yet another flurry of publicity in 1932 in an alienation of affection "heart balm" case in which she was sued for $100,000. Poor Claire lost but kept the case going, enough to interest some poverty row studios in her career (she made 4 films during the trial and eventually settled out of court).

"Sister to Judas" was a typically titled Mayfair production which was home to the "problem picture" and in 1932 at it's height, popularized by Constance Bennett - and this movie shares similarities with "The Easiest Way". At 40 Claire Windsor took advantage of her new found notoriety and gave her role of Ann Fane everything she had. Ann is given a well deserved promotion as assistant to the managing editor of a prestigious publishing firm but when she gives him her address he just assumes that her family have fallen on hard times. The reality is that she has clawed her way up from her lowly surroundings by night school and voracious reading. He is big on "show me where a person lives and I'll show you the man" etc and unexpectedly shows up at Ann's tenement where he is entertained by her two "gone wrong" brothers - he hears enough to convince him that he was wrong to promote her.

Ann feels that as well and runs to the river to drown herself but she is saved by a young reporter turned budding novelist who takes her home to his wheel chair bound mother to recuperate. The mother grows to love Ann and is hopeful she may be the girl to give weak Ronnie (John Harron, younger brother of the tragic Bobby Harron) the backbone he so desperately needs. Ann also realises that Ronnie is the author of the book she stopped her boss from publishing because it was too trashy!! Unfortunately Ronnie gets caught up (too willingly) in her brothers' crooked racing scam and, when driven to desperation, she turns informer to give him a clean break, he scathingly calls her "Sister to Judas"!!!

The ending is just too annoying - her boss (Holmes Herbert), after the initial bit of snobbery has stood by her through thick and thin, they are ideally suited, both having a love of antique books and the finer things in life. Ronnie's last words to her were a wish that he had let her drown!! Yet in the last 5 minutes, after pledging devotion to her boss she............ !!

It says that this movie is based on a true life incident and the writer Watkins E. Wright was apparently a reporter turned writer but this seems to be his only screen credit - and no wonder!!!


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