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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 Wilbur Mack ... Mason the Chauffer
Joe Devlin ... Steve
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Everything Happens to Annie See more »

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Production Co:

Arcadia Pictures Corp. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A girl, a car and a body come together in a program comedy thriller that manages to be more enjoyable than it has any right to be
4 August 2006 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

As school winds down Anne Gladden (Heather Angel), a single teacher, decides to throw caution to the wind, gets herself all dolled up and heads out to the park. There she is accosted by a rude gentleman and in order to get away takes his car and drives off. She is unaware that the car is stolen and that there is a dead body in the back seat under an overcoat. The coat belongs to the boss of the gangsters and he's not happy that the evidence that could put him away for a long time is now out and about on a joy ride. Soon Anne is not only being chased by the cops and the gangsters but she's managed to pick up a nice man as well.

Suspenseful and silly this is a very enjoyable romp as the ever lovely Heather Angel tries very hard to get out of trouble and hang on to her man. Clearly a program picture this fun film manages to be considerably more especially when Constance Collier as Mrs Brenckenridge shows up and runs rough shod over everyone and everything. The woman is a pip.

I really liked this a great deal. This is one to keep an eye out for since its an hour of your time well spent.


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