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Sinners in the Sun (1932)

A New York fashion model finds herself being pursued by a poor but honest garage mechanic and a rich philanderer.

Director:

Alexander Hall

Writers:

Mildred Cram (story ["Beachcomber"]), Samuel Hoffenstein (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carole Lombard ... Doris Blake
Chester Morris ... Jimmie Martin
Adrienne Ames ... Claire Kinkaid
Alison Skipworth ... Mrs. Blake
Walter Byron ... Eric Nelson
Reginald Barlow Reginald Barlow ... Mr. Blake
Zita Moulton Zita Moulton ... Florence Nelson
Cary Grant ... Ridgeway
Luke Cosgrave ... Grandfather Blake
Ida Lewis Ida Lewis ... Grandmother Blake
Russ Clark Russ Clark ... Fred Blake
Frances Moffett Frances Moffett ... Mrs. Fred Blake
Pierre de Ramey ... Louis
Veda Buckland Veda Buckland ... Emma
Rita La Roy ... Lil
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A New York fashion model finds herself being pursued by a poor but honest garage mechanic and a rich philanderer.

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new york | model | based on novel | See All (3) »

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Souls for Sables! Dreams for Diamonds! Faced with a choice between married poverty and unexcelled luxury!

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beachcomber See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Just One of Those Things
7 April 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

A beautifully written and sometimes magnificently played serious movie. Chester Morris and Carole Lombard love each other, but she is terrified of the corrosive effects of the life of poverty that she foresees with Morris. So they break up and drift into lives as a kept woman and a gigolo.

The two are almost perfect in their roles; Chester Morris plays a character who is almost unable to phrase a clear thought and pulls it off beautifully, for a wonderful payoff scene. Miss Lombard only fails in one scene, towards the end, when she is contemplating suicide: I blame the heavy-handed direction of it rather than her performance. But the movie is riddled with wonderful performances: the always excellent Alison Skipworth as Lombard's supportive mother; Reginald Barlow as the father who gives her no chance; Adrienne Ames and Walter Byron as their likable seducers. Particularly good is Rita La Roy, an actress whom I have never noticed before, as a kept woman who kills herself -- alas, this was her best part in the movies, After her career faded out she sold yachts. Cary Grant is also present in a small role, in his second movie, but if you're not paying attention to the soundtrack you could easily miss him: his voice was far more distinctive than his good looks at this stage of his career.

There is a happy ending, but it feels forced. That is the one flaw in this movie. Otherwise it is well worth your time.


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