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Half a Sinner (1940)

Although young and beautiful, schoolteacher Anne Gladden fears a dull future. She finally decides to take a walk on the wild side, splurging on some fashionable new clothes and setting off ... See full summary »

Director:

Al Christie

Writers:

Frederick J. Jackson (screen play) (as Frederick Jackson), Dalton Trumbo (from a original story "The Lady Takes a Chance" by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Heather Angel ... Anne Gladden
John 'Dusty' King ... Larry Cameron (as John King)
Constance Collier ... Mrs. Jefferson Breckenbridge
Walter Catlett ... Gas Station Attendant
Tom Dugan ... Red
Robert Elliott ... Officer Kelly (as Robert Elliot)
Clem Bevans ... Snuffy
Emma Dunn ... Granny Gladden
Henry Brandon ... Handsome
William B. Davidson ... Slick Capasco
Fern Emmett ... Margaret Reed
Sonny Bupp ... Willy
Wilbur Mack ... Mason the Chauffer
Joe Devlin ... Steve
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Storyline

Although young and beautiful, schoolteacher Anne Gladden fears a dull future. She finally decides to take a walk on the wild side, splurging on some fashionable new clothes and setting off to find adventure. Her new confidence inspires her to flirt with complete strangers. When a gangster pays unwanted attention to her, she ditches him and flees in his car, unaware that there's a corpse in the trunk. Determined to recover his stolen vehicle and its incriminating cargo the thug begins a desperate search. The oblivious Anne, comes to the aid of a handsome young man stranded alongside the road. Romance blooms, but after the shocking discovery of a body in the trunk, the duo decide they have to return the car. The bickering lovebirds head back to the city, trailed by both the angry gangster and the cops, who suspect the young couple of murder. Written by Robert

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Everything Happens to Annie See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Arcadia Pictures Corp. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The lead character states she is 25 years old, but the actress who plays her (Heather Angel) was actually 31 years old when the movie was made. And the actress playing her "granny" (Emma Dunn) was actually only 35 years older than Ms. Angel, which makes Ms. Dunn more likely to be the her mother than her grandmother. See more »

Goofs

When Snuffy flags down Red, the shadow of the boom microphone falls across Red's car. See more »

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Lively Little Romp
26 March 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

That opening scene with the impish little boy writing punishment sentences on the blackboard is a charming hoot. The whole time he's muttering he will NOT be a good boy despite what he's writing. Monitoring him, teacher Anne (Angel) looks dowdy, I guess like a school teacher's supposed to look. She's been leading a respectable but repressed life, content it appears with the romantic margins. Then, one day, she drops her homely eye-lasses and goes shopping-- new dresses, stylish hats, flattering cosmetics-- and the make-over is complete. The conversion from gray moth to striking butterfly is also complete. But does she know what comes with the good looks that catch a man's eye. From now on it's a pack of trouble.

Lively little madcap from Universal, thanks to the two leads, Angel and King. Their chemistry works as they try to outwit gang of crooks whose corpse-bearing car they've unfortunately stolen. Now both the crooks and cops are after them. Maybe Anne was better off making little boys write on blackboards. But then this is Hollywood and we know how such antics end, especially for such an attractive twosome. All in all, it's a fun way to spend an hour, maybe not Hepburn and Grant, but with their own B-movie brand of charm.


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