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Actor's and Sin (1952)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 18 July 1952 (USA)
Two-part story--the first is about a washed-up Broadway actor and his tough daughter, who is a bigger star than he is; the second is about a literary agent whose newest client--a ... See full summary »

Directors:

Ben Hecht, Lee Garmes (co-director)

Writer:

Ben Hecht
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward G. Robinson ... Maurice Tillayou (segment "Actor's Blood")
Marsha Hunt ... Marcia Tillayou (segment "Actor's Blood")
Dan O'Herlihy ... Alfred O'Shea / Narrator (segment "Actor's Blood")
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Otto Lachsley (segment "Actor's Blood")
Alice Key Alice Key ... Miss Thompson / Tommy (segment "Actor's Blood")
Ric Roman ... Clyde Veering (segment "Actor's Blood") (as Rick Roman)
Peter Brocco ... Mr. Herbert (segment "Actor's Blood")
Elizabeth Root Elizabeth Root ... Mrs. Herbert (segment "Actor's Blood")
Joseph Mell Joseph Mell ... George Murry (segment "Actor's Blood")
Irene Martin Irene Martin ... Mrs. Murry (segment "Actor's Blood")
Herb Bernard Herb Bernard ... Emile (segment "Actor's Blood")
Robert Carson ... Thomas Hayne (segment "Actor's Blood")
Eddie Albert ... Orlando Higgens (segment "Woman of Sin")
Alan Reed ... J.B. Cobb (segment "Woman of Sin")
Tracey Roberts Tracey Roberts ... Miss Flannigan (segment "Woman of Sin")
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Two-part story--the first is about a washed-up Broadway actor and his tough daughter, who is a bigger star than he is; the second is about a literary agent whose newest client--a nine-year-old boy--is the author of a borderline pornographic book. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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What goes on when the greasepaint comes off?

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Woman of Sin See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sid Kuller Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Actor's and Sin by Ben Hecht
31 October 2018 | by garth155See all my reviews

Firstly, there absolutely IS an apostrophe in the title of this film! The title is shown on screen as 'Actor's Blood and Woman of Sin' with the words 'Actor's', 'And' and 'Sin' in bold, while the other words are in grey; the title is therefore meant to be 'Actor's and Sin'. I agree that some posters and references miss out the apostrophe, but it's there in the film!

As regards the film itself, it is far from being alone as a portmanteau production, and the two parts are meant to complement each other. The first story - 'Actor's Blood' - is a melodramatic tale about the theatre which is very theatrically staged. The actors play it very straight. Edward G. Robinson, in particular, is very stilted and stagy in his performance; there again, he is playing a former 'ham' actor whose reviews said as much, so his take on the role is fitting. The story is no match for Conan Doyle, but is an entertaining enough whodunit with an implausible but acceptable twist at the end. Marsha Hunt and Dan O'Herlihy are reliable, as always. The second story, 'Woman of Sin' is a farcical skit on contemporary Hollywood. The plot doesn't bear analysis, but that's not the point. I found it funny and witty (not the same things!). Eddie Albert, Tracey Roberts and Alan Reed deliver fluent, satisfying performances which drive the narrative forward convincingly. Ben Hecht's daughter Jenny plays Daisy as a precocious yet amusingly infantile nine-year-old. She made me laugh, anyway, especially near the end when she is unseen, in the taxi, answering Higgins's orders with 'Check... check...'. The only weak link was Alan Mendez as Daisy's friend, Capt. Moriarty. He IS only a kid though! I enjoyed this film though I recognise it's no 'Citizen Kane'. There again, it wasn't trying to be.


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