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Sin Takes a Holiday (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 10 November 1930 (USA)
A plain secretary works for a womanizing divorce lawyer who only dates married women. To avoid having to deal with the matrimonial pursuits of any of his potential romances, he offers her financial support if she marries him in name only.


Paul L. Stein


Horace Jackson (screen play), Robert Milton (story) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Constance Bennett ... Sylvia Brenner
Kenneth MacKenna ... Gaylord Stanton
Basil Rathbone ... Reggie Durant
Rita La Roy ... Grace Lawrence
Louis John Bartels ... Richards
John Roche ... Sheridan
Zasu Pitts ... Annie
Kendall Lee ... Miss Munson
Muriel Finley ... Ruth (as Murrel Finley)
Judith Wood ... Mrs. Graham (as Helen Johnson)
Fred Walton Fred Walton ... Martin - Stanton's Butler
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To love is an instinct; To be loved is an art! (Print Ad- San Jose Evening News, ((San Jose, Calif.)) 5 January 1931)


Comedy | Romance


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As a secretary, Sylvia was being paid $35 a week by Gaylord. Thirty-five dollars a week in 1930 is equivalent to $527.54 in 2019, adjusted to inflation, or $27,432 a year. As compensation for marrying him, Gaylord offers Sylvia $5,000 which is equivalent to $75,363 in 2019. See more »


Grace Lawrence: He is bold. Coming here, don't you think?
Sylvia Brenner: Either that or - just a bit foolish, don't you think?
Grace Lawrence: I haven't thought.
Sylvia Brenner: Well, you should. You really should.
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Interesting pre-Code comedy, ultimately unsatisfying
6 July 2004 | by mateoxSee all my reviews

This pre-Code comedy is more interesting for its decor and reflection of the morals of the day than for its acting or story. The plot revolves around three characters, each in love with the one who isn't in love with her or him. Things work out in a way--two characters find each other and the third is left to move on. All this happens in an atmosphere of wealth, where amoral dalliance is both expected and titillating. An unfortunate effect is that the three characters come off as facile and, ultimately, unlikeable, the comedic talents of Bennett and the imposing presence of Rathbone notwithstanding. Despite the dismissal of a group of morally repugnant friends at the end, I didn't believe in the couple's future happiness--nor in the morally bankrupt world they inhabit and seem to enjoy. And I felt sorry for the one left out. He seemed the only character with a conscience. The always delightful presence of Zazu Pitts should be noted, though she plays a small role in the plot development. Enjoy this film for the marvelously fantastic Art Deco sets and wonderful period gowns. But ultimately, the resolution of the plot leaves one unsatisfied.

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Release Date:

10 November 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casada e Sem Marido See more »


Box Office


$450,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Pathé Exchange See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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