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Sin Takes a Holiday (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 10 November 1930 (USA)
Dowdy Sylvia accepts her boss' marriage proposal, even though he only asked her to avoid marriage to another woman. As a wealthy wife, Sylvia changes from ugly duckling to uninhibited swan ... See full summary »

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Paul L. Stein

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

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 Kendall Lee ... Miss Munson
Muriel Finley 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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Dowdy Sylvia accepts her boss' marriage proposal, even though he only asked her to avoid marriage to another woman. As a wealthy wife, Sylvia changes from ugly duckling to uninhibited swan and even contemplates having an affair with a man she meets during a trip to Paris. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casada e Sem Marido See more »

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Pathé Exchange See more »
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Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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The print shown on Turner Classic Movies opens with a 1950's RKO Radio Pictures logo, an anachronism because this is a Pathé production, made before the RKO-Pathé merger, but ultimately released to television in the 1950's by C&C Television Corporation in their original RKO feature film package. See more »

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A couple of other things took a holiday too - the script and the direction
16 June 2016 | by Antonius BlockSee all my reviews

This bit of fluff has such a silly premise. A man (Kenneth MacKenna) marries his secretary (Constance Bennett) in order to make himself unavailable to a woman he's been seeing (Rita La Roy), who is getting a divorce and has her eyes on getting him down the aisle. The marriage is a sham, he'll pay her for $5000 for a single year, and allow her to travel and live wherever she'd like, because he has no real interest in her. Delicately, they make it clear there will be no physical relations. She's saddened by the whole thing, but she has no other offers and so reluctantly agrees. She then sets off for Europe. Naturally, many of the men over there (including one played by Basil Rathbone) find her more than a 'plain Jane' and pursue her. Jealousy in two love triangles ensues when she returns to New York to talk to her 'husband', with both La Roy and Rathbone's characters present.

Constance Bennett is reasonably good in the leading role. Her attitude is almost too morose at the outset, but she stands up for herself to all of the other characters. One theme seems to be that attraction increases the more unattainable someone is, which is an interesting premise. However, the film feels amateurish in its direction and in its script. It's uninteresting and flat for too many stretches despite is brief 81 minute run time. The ending is also horribly predictable, and worse, unlike other romantic comedies where we know what's coming but are all rooting for it, here we really don't want it to end this way. Lastly, the title 'Sin Takes a Holiday' is a ridiculously sensationalistic attempt to sell tickets, and while the film is pre-Code, it's quite tame.


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