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Sinner Take All (1936)

Passed | | Mystery | 18 December 1936 (USA)
Members of a wealthy family start getting threatening letters, and it's not long before the threats turn into reality and family members start getting bumped off. The family lawyer is a ... See full summary »


Errol Taggart


Leonard Lee (screen play), Walter Wise (screen play) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Bruce Cabot ... Ernie
Margaret Lindsay ... Lorraine
Joseph Calleia ... Penny
Stanley Ridges ... MacKelvey
Vivienne Osborne ... Alicia
Charley Grapewin ... Aaron
Edward Pawley ... Royce
George Lynn ... Stephen
Theodore von Eltz ... David (as Theodore Von Eltz)
Eadie Adams ... Shirley
George Zucco ... Bascomb
Dorothy Kilgallen Dorothy Kilgallen ... Reporter
Raymond Hatton ... Hotel Clerk
Richard Terry Richard Terry ... Pete


Members of a wealthy family start getting threatening letters, and it's not long before the threats turn into reality and family members start getting bumped off. The family lawyer is a former newspaper reporter, and since the family patriarch owns a newspaper, the lawyer uses his investigative experience and the newspaper's resources to dig into the family history to see if he can uncover the person behind the killings. The evidence he unearths seems to point to one person--his girlfriend. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

18 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tajna noćnog kluba See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names, if any): Joe Caits (Ambulance Driver), Hal Cooke (Headwaiter), Lester Dorr (Reporter), Kenneth Gibson (Hotel Clerk), John Hansen (Fight Announcer), Richard Kipling (Headwaiter), Frank Reicher (Theo Drukker), Dick Rush (Doorkeeper), Al Williams (Page Boy) and Charles Williams. Additionally, George Meeker was in a Hollywood Reporter production chart, but he was not seen in the movie either. See more »


I'd Be Lost Without You
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Sung by Eadie Adams (uncredited) at the Green Lantern nightclub
Also played on piano when Ernie is brought to see Penny
Also played when Lorraine suddenly feels faint
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Snappy Murder Mystery
4 September 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Good murder story in this little programmer helped immensely by breezy performances by Bruce Cabot (always underrated) and Margaret Lindsay. Cabot plays a former reported who has become a lawyer. But the man he works for (Charley Grapewin) also owns the newspapers so when his family starts receiving threatening notes, he's put back on the job as a reporter. As the family members starts getting knocked off in gruesome "accidents," Cabot digs deeper into the lives of the rich. It's one of those murder mysteries where EVERYONE is a suspect. Nicely done film.

Cabot had his biggest success in King Kong but was never able to follow up with anything important. Same with Lindsay; she was around for years as leads in B films and second leads (Jezebel) in big films. Both are attractive and fun to watch.

Sinner Takes All also has a few familiar faces including Joseph Calleia as the nightclub owner, Stanley Ridges as the editor, Vivienne Osborne as his wife, Dorothy Kilgallen as a news hen; Harry Holman as a cop, George Zucco as Bascombe, and Jonathan Hale as the doctor.

And yes that's the same Dorothy Kilgallen who was a panelist on What's My Line and who died mysteriously after announcing she had discovered something about the Kennedy assassination.

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