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18 July 1952 (USA) See more »
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Two-part story--the first is about a washed-up Broadway actor and his tough daughter, who is a bigger... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Edward G. Robinson ... Maurice Tillayou (segment "Actor's Blood")

Marsha Hunt ... Marcia Tillayou (segment "Actor's Blood")

Dan O'Herlihy ... Alfred O'Shea / Narrator (segment "Actor's Blood")
Rudolph Anders ... Otto Lachsley (segment "Actor's Blood")
Alice Key ... Miss Thompson / Tommy (segment "Actor's Blood")
Ric Roman ... Clyde Veering (segment "Actor's Blood") (as Rick Roman)
Peter Brocco ... Mr. Herbert (segment "Actor's Blood")
Elizabeth Root ... Mrs. Herbert (segment "Actor's Blood")
Joseph Mell ... George Murry (segment "Actor's Blood")
Irene Martin ... Mrs. Murry (segment "Actor's Blood")
Herb Bernard ... Emile (segment "Actor's Blood")
Robert Carson ... Thomas Hayne (segment "Actor's Blood")

Eddie Albert ... Orlando Higgens (segment "Woman of Sin")

Alan Reed ... J.B. Cobb (segment "Woman of Sin")
Tracey Roberts ... Miss Flannigan (segment "Woman of Sin")
Paul Guilfoyle ... Mr. Blue (segment "Woman of Sin")
Douglas Evans ... Mr. Devlin (segment "Woman of Sin") (as Doug Evans)
Jody Gilbert ... Mrs. Egelhofer (segment "Woman of Sin")
George Baxter ... Mr. Brown (segment "Woman of Sin")
George Keymas ... Producer (segment "Woman of Sin")
Toni Carroll ... Movie Star (segment "Woman of Sin")
John Crawford ... Movie Hero (segment "Woman of Sin")
Kathleen Mulqueen ... Miss Wright (segment "Woman of Sin")
Alan Mendez ... Moriarity (segment "Woman of Sin")
Sam Rosen ... Joseph Danello (segment "Woman of Sin")
Jenny Hecht ... Daisy Marcher (segment "Woman of Sin")
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Betty Field ... Betty Field (Woman of Sin sequence) (archive footage)

Louis B. Mayer ... Louis B. Mayer (Woman of Sin sequence) (archive footage)

Jack L. Warner ... Jack Warner (Woman of Sin sequence) (archive footage)
Ben Hecht ... Narrator (segment "Woman of Sin") (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Ben Hecht 
Lee Garmes (co-director)
Writing credits
Ben Hecht (written by)

Produced by
Ben Hecht .... producer
Ben Hersh .... supervising producer
Sid Kuller .... executive producer
Original Music by
George Antheil 
Cinematography by
Lee Garmes 
Film Editing by
Otto Ludwig 
Production Design by
Ernst Fegté  (as Ernest Fegte)
Set Decoration by
Howard Bristol 
Makeup Department
Gustaf Norin .... makeup artist (as Gus Norin)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph Hoge .... assistant director
Richard McWhorter .... assistant director
Sound Department
Victor B. Appel .... sound (as Victor Appel)
Mac Dalgleish .... sound
Music Department
Ernest Gold .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert H. Justman .... assistant to producer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Actors and Sin" - USA (poster title)
"Woman of Sin" - USA (alternative title)
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82 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)


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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Is this the original Grindhouse?, 11 November 2007
Author: Andy (film-critic) from Bookseller of the Blue Ridge

"Actor's and Sin" had heart and soul seeping from every corner, but what it lacked was that standard to bring it out of the "made-for-TV" category. While this film was a feature in its own right, it had a feel of simplicity that one could not shake. Shakespeare it was not, but this little film could have put more "humph" into its life and fought for a possible cult-classic nomination.

"Actor's and Sin" was very entertaining, and for the time of its release, it would have been a fun way to spend a rainy afternoon. It begins with a drama of sorts. Marsha Hunt plays an actress who is about to strike it rich on Broadway. As she follows the path of fame and fortune, the path becomes a crooked one with each performance suddenly bubbling with more villains. Eventually, she is found dead – possible suicide – one could guess all day until Daddy-dearest decides to play "Clue" and unmask the real killer. Entitled "Actor's Blood", this was the weaker of the two. It was heavy, dull, overly dramatic, and our characters seemed like they were lifted from Cracker Jack boxes than film school. While the cinematography was simple enough with decent lighting and impressive cut scenes, what brought this opener down was two parts, the first is the story and the second were the actors. "Actor's Blood" was a 43-minute short that could have been about 20-minutes shorter. Too many characters were introduced in such a short amount of time that not enough time was devoted to development. It was tough to follow some and to fully understand their roles in the climaxing moment. If "Actor's Blood" would have been a feature film, it still would have only had about 20-minutes of good meat, with the rest just fatty tissue. The actors were laughable at best. Edward G. Robinson loved his fatherly character so much that he decided to bore us with long monologues, pompous entrances, and a finale that cried melodrama. It was pointless and at times certain to be "MST3K-ed" by a group of college freshman. This opening film had everything we didn't want to begin with, but thankfully our desserts were enough to bring this film from horrid to mediocre.

The second part of "Actor's and Sin" is entitled "Woman of Sin", in which a slimy Hollywood agent unknowingly options a script for a 9-year old bratty girl (insert laughter here or loud "ZOING"). This second segment seemed to pull everything that went wrong with the first, transform it into greatness, and insert it back into the film. The characters were strong and had an honest humor to them, the concept was fun – albeit maybe dated – but fun, and the beats seemed to gel well with the length of this film. Eddie Albert played Orlando Higgins with so much pizazz and energy; it is hard to keep your eyes on anyone else but him during the short. Those with an infatuation with "The Flintstones" should watch "Woman of Sin" to see Alan Reed – Mr. Fred Flintstone himself – as well as hear him as the big shot executive caught in the shuffle. This is a great parody of Hollywood, which takes the dirtiness of Ari Gold from "Entourage" and brings him into a Preston Sturges-esquire film. Watch when you meet the child's mother for the first time, the entire scene is reminiscent of Lynch or Aronofsky, very surreal, very eerie, very dark – but it counters the tone of the film very well. Our young writer, Daisy Marcher (played by the director/producer's daughter Jenny) is very good at her performance. She is feisty, cruel, and exactly what you would not think of a young girl writing about a woman and sin. This second half was phenomenal. It brought together the zaniness of working in the film business with the sleaze of truth. It was funny and upbeat with pacing that made you wish it was another hour long. Nearly the direct opposite of "Actor's Blood", "Woman of Sin" pulls out as the obvious winner and my vote for viewing this film at least once.

Overall, this was a mediocre entry into the world of cinema. There was a level of annoyance with "Actor's Blood", with the wooden overly dramatic performances and the trite story that could have been shortened another twenty minutes. Yet, this film was saved by its second half. "Woman of Sin" reminded me of a Preston Sturges film, with the symbolism, energy, and audacity coming through every scene. It was (unlike the first) original and a definite suggestion to friends. Alas, I cannot suggest this entire film. It is a self-produced independent film that is a unique idea, but developed incorrectly. One could tell that there was more passion and enjoyment in the second half than the first – perhaps with a change of directors this happened, but there was no consistency or cohesiveness. For "Actor's and Sin" to work the two films had to connect at some level. It needed to be one film to the viewer, but two films on the VHS box. There was nothing to make these two short films fit together, thus they suffered by merely working solo, with an obvious lack in the front, and a bit too bottom heavy. I liked, but not loved. This film did raise itself above the one-star rating with its "Woman of Sin", but not too much further. Watch once, repeat viewings are not necessary.

Grade: *** out of *****

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