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Half a Sinner (1940)

Although young and beautiful, schoolteacher Anne Gladden fears a dull future. She finally decides to take a walk on the wild side, splurging on some fashionable new clothes and setting off ... See full summary »

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Although young and beautiful, schoolteacher Anne Gladden fears a dull future. She finally decides to take a walk on the wild side, splurging on some fashionable new clothes and setting off to find adventure. Her new confidence inspires her to flirt with complete strangers. When a gangster pays unwanted attention to her, she ditches him and flees in his car, unaware that there's a corpse in the trunk. Determined to recover his stolen vehicle and its incriminating cargo the thug begins a desperate search. The oblivious Anne, comes to the aid of a handsome young man stranded alongside the road. Romance blooms, but after the shocking discovery of a body in the trunk, the duo decide they have to return the car. The bickering lovebirds head back to the city, trailed by both the angry gangster and the cops, who suspect the young couple of murder. Written by Robert

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5 April 1940 (USA)  »

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Everything Happens to Annie  »

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Half baked
10 May 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Like all good teachers, Heather Angel (Anne) prefers the naughty children to the well-behaved children. She returns home from school one day and decides to take the naughty direction in life for herself. She gets a new wardrobe, lets the pet budgie fly out of the window and goes out "on the pull". Emma Dunn, her grandma, is shocked! We then watch a pretty peculiar day unfold, as she breaks the law several times and demonstrates a knack for lying and keeping calm in the face of danger. Can she find love…….and what will happen to the budgie……?

I have to agree with other reviewers who felt let down by the implausibility of the whole story. It's easy to watch but makes no sense, especially the main story that involves a car with a dead body. Just abandon the thing! As things go, the film ends up as a car chase. The cast are all fine with Miss Angel and idle rich Constance Collier (Mrs Breckenridge) as the standout characters. There are some comedy characters on show – the police and the hoodlums – but these comedy characters don't, thankfully, get in the way. In fact, some of the dialogue is quite funny as are a couple of situations, which, for me, is a far preferable form of humour. The film resolves itself in a ridiculous manner……you think "that was fun/stupid" and then you go and do something else.


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