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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

Writers:

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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Production Co:

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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enjoyable and interesting early talkie
15 September 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Sin Takes a Holiday" stars Constance Bennett as a secretary in love with her boss - how's that for a novel plot line? Well, perhaps in 1930, it was, and there is more to it than that. It's an early talkie, so the timing is a little off as the actors get used to the technique. It's also pre-Code, so anything goes. And does. In this film, everybody cheats on their spouses. The boss, however, is unmarried, but his girlfriend wants to get married to him right away. So he marries Bennett and sends her abroad so he can have his cake and eat it too. While there, Bennett is escorted about by Basil Rathbone, in a delightful performance. He falls in love with her, but Bennett needs to find out if she can have a real marriage with her husband.

Having read some of the comments, I'm unsure if people think that Bennett was amoral. The marriage for opportunity plot was used over and over - "Mannequin" is just one example - and Bennett marries her boss to do him a favor, not so much for the money. Plus, the title is "Sin Takes a Holiday" and it does seem that she avoids a dalliance with Rathbone while abroad. So while I find the crowd her boss runs with fast and loose, I did feel Bennett was a very likable character. Not to mention, a great beauty.


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