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Sinners' Holiday (1930)

Ma Delano (La Verne) runs a boardwalk penny arcade, living upstairs with her sons (Cagney and Gallagher) and daughter (Knapp). Story involves rum running, accidental murder and a frame-up.

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Complete credited cast:
... Angel
... Mrs. Delano (as Lucille LaVerne)
... Mitch
... Harry Delano
... Myrtle
... Buck
... Jennie
... George
... Happy
... Joe
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Ma Delano (La Verne) runs a boardwalk penny arcade, living upstairs with her sons (Cagney and Gallagher) and daughter (Knapp). Story involves rum running, accidental murder and a frame-up. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Romance

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11 October 1930 (USA)  »

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Women in Love  »

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Film debut of Noel Madison. See more »

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When Harry pulls down the window shade, the light in the room only darkens after the shade is clear at the bottom of the window. See more »

Quotes

Detective Sikes: This place is closed until this thing is settled!
George: What am I gonna do with all my weenies?
Detective Sikes: Eat 'em yourself!
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Featured in When the Talkies Were Young (1955) See more »

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"You haven't a rubber band in your pocket, have you?"
12 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

Middling Pre-Coder that's notable for being the film debuts of James Cagney and Joan Blondell (with her natural hair color, no less). The plot's about a family that runs a waterfront penny arcade and the trouble the youngest son (Cagney) gets into, including bootlegging and killing a guy. One for Cagney fans to check off their list but it's really not that great. The characters are all pretty unlikable and Jimmy shows little of that trademark charm & swagger in the role of a sniveling punk. Public Enemy would play to his strengths much better and, of course, make him a star. Lucille La Verne plays Cagney's mom and she hams it up in every scene. Grant Withers is pretty good as the ne'er-do-well turned good by the love of a woman. That woman being lovely Evalyn Knapp. She was my favorite part of the whole picture. The scene with her and Withers under the pier is probably the film's highlight. It's an early talkie so it creaks and groans but at least it doesn't seem like a filmed stage play, so points for that. Still, after it's over, you won't be in any hurry to tell your friends about it.


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