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Ann Vickers (1933)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 6 October 1933 (USA)
A prison reformer and a controversial judge fall in love and have a child out of wedlock.

Director:

John Cromwell

Writers:

Jane Murfin (screenplay), Sinclair Lewis (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Ann Vickers
Walter Huston ... Judge Barney 'Barney' Dolphin
Conrad Nagel ... Lindsey Atwell
Bruce Cabot ... Capt. Lafayette Resnick
Edna May Oliver ... Malvina Wormser
Sam Hardy ... Ignatz Spaulding
Mitchell Lewis ... Captain Waldo
Murray Kinnell ... Dr. Slenk - Copperhead Gap Warden
Helen Eby-Rock Helen Eby-Rock ... Kitty Cognac
Gertrude Michael ... Mona Dolphin
J. Carrol Naish ... Dr. Sorelle (as J. Carroll Naish)
Sarah Padden ... Lil--Black Woman
Reginald Barlow Reginald Barlow ... Chaplain
Rafaela Ottiano ... Mrs. Feldermans (as Rafaella Ottiano)
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Storyline

During WWI, Ann Vickers, a humanitarian who is just starting the adult phase of her life, wants to make a difference in the world - using her friend Dr. Malvina Wormser as a role model - but she also wants a fulfilling personal life. She isn't sure if she can accomplish both at the same time. So after a failed relationship with soldier Captain Lafe Resnick which includes a deeper personal tragedy for her, Ann decides instead to focus solely on her career. With a background in nursing and social work, she decides the area of her work will be in prison reform. Her lofty goals do not sit well with many of the male traditionalists in the field, they who may stop her from accomplishing what she wants, at her own personal reputation at risk. Although she has a multitude of wannabe suitors, it isn't until she meets Supreme Court judge Barney Dolphin that she contemplates having that fulfilling personal life at the same time as having a career. But the road to a possible happy ending for Ann ... Written by Huggo

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THE BOOK THAT SET FIRE TO THE NATION Is Burning Up The screen! (Print Ad- The Pampa Daily News,((Pampa, Texas)) 22 October 1933)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sinclair Lewis' Ann Vickers See more »

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Budget:

$303,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Some objections were made by the Hays Office concerning the plot of the first draft of the screenplay, where Ann marries Captain Resnick and then has an affair with Barney. The plot was changed to Ann being seduced by the Captain with the offense somehow deemed less if only one of the parties in the adulterous affair is married. No reference is made about any abortion in the trip to Havana, and in the released print the cause of death of Ann's baby girl is never mentioned. RKO applied for an "Approved" certificate in 1935, when the production code was more rigorously enforced, but they were informed that no certificate would be given because of the film's attitude towards adultery. See more »

Goofs

Although the first part of the picture takes place in 1918, all of Irene Dunne's hairstyles and clothes are strictly in the 1933 mode, and continue as such through the decade of the 1920s which follows. See more »

Quotes

Barney Dolphin: [last lines]
Matthew Dolphin: Who are you?
Barney Dolphin: Well, son, i refuse to answer without advice of counsel.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are printed in the pages of the novel. They are revealed by a man's hand who's opening the book and turning the pages. See more »

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Features Her Man (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Over There
(1917) (uncredited)
Written by George M. Cohan
Played off screen by an organ grinder
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Would've Made a Good Prison Movie
21 December 2013 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Lackluster romantic drama with feminist elements. Basically it's Irene Dunne spouting off about wanting to have her own career and being involved in relationships with douchebags. All of the success she has career wise is ultimately attributed to a man and the film's message seems to be that a woman's happiness only comes from the love of a man, so I really don't see where feminists are supposed to find much to love about this film. The brief middle part of the film dealing with the brutal goings-on at a women's prison are most interesting. They should've made an entire film of that. The rest is forgettable. The cast is fine. No standouts. Edna May Oliver is wasted, which is just criminal.


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