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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.

Director:

Paul L. Stein

Writers:

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

According to an article in the 8 October 1930 edition of Film Daily, a total of 32 sets were constructed for this film. See more »

Quotes

Reggie Durant: I generally live here when I'm in Paris. But, this year I've decided not to. I've made other plans.
Sylvia Brenner: Too bad. The memories here will miss you. Even if you don't miss them.
Reggie Durant: Oh, I don't mean that they shall be lonely. Won't you live here while you're in Paris?
Sylvia Brenner: And - become a memory too?
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Good cast almost wasted in story that never really makes sense
11 March 2020 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

OK, it was fluff, and not a major drama. But the script never really held up, despite some occasionally interesting dialogue.

Kenneth McKenna's character was attractive, somewhat likable, but not at all admirable. His change didn't really make sense.

Basil Rathbone's, on the other hand, was eventually admirable and his character's change did fit.

Constance Bennett's character never did really seem frumpy, and the glamor she showed later into the story didn't seem really a change.

Interesting premise, generally likable people, and all made for a pleasant, but not especially intelligent or believable, film.

Watchable, yes, and it can be seen at YouTube.


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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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Pathé Exchange See more »
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Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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