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Sin Takes a Holiday (1930)





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Ahead of its time for liberated thinking, this is still really just a classic romance with a love triangle thrown in on the side. While on a trip to Paris, a woman meets a man that makes her reconsider her marriage of convenience (she had married her boss to save him from his girlfriend!).
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Franco London Films


Constance Bennett
as Sylvia Brenner
Kenneth MacKenna
as Gaylord Stanton
Basil Rathbone
as Reginald Durant
Rita La Roy
as Grace Lanier
Zasu Pitts
as Anna
Kendall Lee
as Miss Munson
Fred Walton
as Butler
Richard Carle
as Minister
Judith Wood
as Miss Graham
John Roche
as Sheridan
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Critic Reviews for Sin Takes a Holiday

All Critics (2)

A sophisticated set in Manhattan romcom for its time is now, of course, dated.

Full Review… | June 15, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Sin Takes a Holiday

This bit of fluff has such a silly premise. A man (Kenneth MacKenna) marries his secretary (Constance Bennett) in order to make himself unavailable to a woman he's been seeing (Rita La Roy), who is getting a divorce and has her eyes on getting him down the aisle. The marriage is a sham, he'll pay her for $5000 for a single year, and allow her to travel and live wherever she'd like, because he has no real interest in her. Delicately, they make it clear there will be no physical relations. She's saddened by the whole thing, but she has no other offers and so reluctantly agrees. She then sets off for Europe. Naturally, many of the men over there (including one played by Basil Rathbone) find her more than a 'plain Jane' and pursue her. Jealousy in two love triangles ensues when she returns to New York to talk to her 'husband', with both La Roy and Rathbone's characters present. Constance Bennett is reasonably good in the leading role. Her attitude is almost too morose at the outset, but she stands up for herself to all of the other characters. One theme seems to be that attraction increases the more unattainable someone is, which is an interesting premise. However, the film feels amateurish in its direction and in its script. It's uninteresting and flat for too many stretches despite is brief 81 minute run time. The ending is also horribly predictable, and worse, unlike other romantic comedies where we know what's coming but are all rooting for it, here we really don't want it to end this way. Lastly, the title 'Sin Takes a Holiday' is a ridiculously sensationalistic attempt to sell tickets, and while the film is pre-Code, it's quite tame.

Antonius Block
Antonius Block

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Sin Takes a Holiday is a very surprising pre-code. I was kind of caught off guard by how good it was. Constance Bennett plays a long suffering assistant, basically ignored by her boss, until he needs her to enter into a marriage of convenience with him to get his girlfriend off his back. Bennett is wonderful as a woman who finally gets to enjoy the finer things in life (including the attentions of Basil Rathbone), but who can't really, truly enjoy them, because she's in love with her husband, who still doesn't seem to notice she exists. This does have something of an original storyline, and unfolds in an entertaining and satisfying way.

Katie Richardson
Katie Richardson

This classical, upbeat movie for its time was never really off the ground. It delves into a little be devilment, love,jealousy, and yet, carried a well established plot. I found this old classic movie on a dusty shelf at a rental store and wanted to check it out. I was surprised at the characture portrayels and the plot. Surprisingly it was a decent movie....You ever get a chance, check it out, if you can still find it....

Tom Hakes
Tom Hakes

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