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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 »

Director:

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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

To love is an instinct; To be loved is an art! (Print Ad- San Jose Evening News, ((San Jose, Calif.)) 5 January 1931)

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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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Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pathé Exchange See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Miss Munson: Comforting to have a plain girl for a darling secretary, isn't it.
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Enjoyably sinful
14 November 2010 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Gaylord (Kenneth MacKenna) quickly arranges a marriage of convenience to his secretary, Sylvia (Constance Bennett) to avoid the advances of his socialite friend, Grace (Rita le Roy). Gaylord draws up a 1 year contract with Sylvia so that there is an understanding about how they can both behave and he encourages her to travel to France and do her own thing. However, after spending time in France with Reggie (Basil Rathbone), Sylvia returns to Gaylord to ask what he truly feels....

This is a fun film. No-one is correct - everyone behaves atrociously. The men are ultimately revealed as cads or blind to their actions while the women are calculating and far more deliberate and nasty in their actions. It's interesting to watch to see who Sylvia will end up with........she ain't no angel.....don't be fooled by her apparent innocence. She's just as much of a bitch as Grace as her behaviour demonstrates. We have a confrontation at the end between all the characters involved which is what we have been anticipating and the dialogue is very entertaining.

A mention about the character Gaylord. Well..........there's his name first of all...and then there is the fact that he doesn't seem interested in any women.....GAY....or maybe not, eh? I also think that they needed to make Constance Bennett far more plain in the first half of the story so that her transformation into a babe is believable. As it is, she looks good before and after. No change there.

An enjoyable film.


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