Sinners' Holiday (1930)

59 mins | Melodrama | 11 October 1930

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HISTORY

A working titles of the film were Penny Arcade and Women in Love . Some contemporary sources reviewed the picture under the title Sinner's Holiday . The film marked the motion picture debut of actor James Cagney (1899--1986). The former dancer and New York stage actor recreated his role from the Broadway production of the play on which the film was based, Penny Arcade . Cagney became one of the biggest stars of the 1930s through 1950s, appearing alternatively in musicals and gangster films, and spent much of the 1930s and 1940s under contract to Warner Bros. Actress Joan Blondell (1906--1979) also recreated her role from Penny Arcade . Sinners' Holiday was released several weeks after Blondell's first film, The Office Wife (see above), which was shot at about the same time as Sinners' Holiday ... More Less

A working titles of the film were Penny Arcade and Women in Love . Some contemporary sources reviewed the picture under the title Sinner's Holiday . The film marked the motion picture debut of actor James Cagney (1899--1986). The former dancer and New York stage actor recreated his role from the Broadway production of the play on which the film was based, Penny Arcade . Cagney became one of the biggest stars of the 1930s through 1950s, appearing alternatively in musicals and gangster films, and spent much of the 1930s and 1940s under contract to Warner Bros. Actress Joan Blondell (1906--1979) also recreated her role from Penny Arcade . Sinners' Holiday was released several weeks after Blondell's first film, The Office Wife (see above), which was shot at about the same time as Sinners' Holiday . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chicago Tribune
30 Sep 1930
p. 33.
EHW
25 Oct 1930
pp. 43-44.
Film Daily
12 Oct 1930
p. 14.
Life
31 Oct 1930
p. 22.
Los Angeles Times
20 Oct 1930
p. 7.
New York Times
11 Oct 1930.
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Time
27 Oct 1930
p. 26.
Variety
15 Oct 1930
p. 25.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros., Inc.-Vitaphone Talking Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Scr adpt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
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Cost
MUSIC
Gen mus dir
Vitaphone Orchestra cond
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Penny Arcade by Marie Baumer (New York, 10 Mar 1930).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Women in Love
Penny Arcade
Release Date:
11 October 1930
Premiere Information:
Chicago opening: week of 30 September 1930
New York opening: 10 October 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
19 September 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1583
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
59
Length(in feet):
5,536
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Ma Delano and her family--Jennie, Joe, and Harry--operate a penny arcade on an amusement pier over which Mitch McKane, a bootlegger doubling as a sideshow operator, wields an influential hand. Angel Harrigan, a barker who works for Mitch, incurs his wrath because Jennie prefers Angel to him. Angel then quits working for Mitch and is hired by Ma, who hates Mitch because liquor ruined her late husband's life and she fears that it will do the same to her favored youngest child, Harry. Unknown to Ma, Harry has been working with Mitch, and when Mitch is arrested on suspicion of murdering a cohort, he asks Harry to oversee his speakeasy until he gains his freedom. As he predicted, Mitch soon is released for lack of evidence, and when he discovers that Harry has been skimming profits from the speakeasy, plans to "get" him. That night, while a party is being thrown in honor of Mitch's return, he meets Harry in a darkened section of the amusement park. After arguing, Harry shoots him, then hides the body. Unknown to Harry, Jennie has seen everything from her bedroom window but tells no one. The next day, when the body is found, police Det. Sykes is suspicious of Harry, but Myrtle, a woman with whom Harry is involved, backs up his alibi by swearing that they were together on the beach all night. Sykes's suspicions then fall on Angel, who had once been convicted of a petty crime and was seen by the beat policemen at the park at around the time Mitch was killed. Meanwhile, Harry confesses to his mother, who places the gun ... +


Ma Delano and her family--Jennie, Joe, and Harry--operate a penny arcade on an amusement pier over which Mitch McKane, a bootlegger doubling as a sideshow operator, wields an influential hand. Angel Harrigan, a barker who works for Mitch, incurs his wrath because Jennie prefers Angel to him. Angel then quits working for Mitch and is hired by Ma, who hates Mitch because liquor ruined her late husband's life and she fears that it will do the same to her favored youngest child, Harry. Unknown to Ma, Harry has been working with Mitch, and when Mitch is arrested on suspicion of murdering a cohort, he asks Harry to oversee his speakeasy until he gains his freedom. As he predicted, Mitch soon is released for lack of evidence, and when he discovers that Harry has been skimming profits from the speakeasy, plans to "get" him. That night, while a party is being thrown in honor of Mitch's return, he meets Harry in a darkened section of the amusement park. After arguing, Harry shoots him, then hides the body. Unknown to Harry, Jennie has seen everything from her bedroom window but tells no one. The next day, when the body is found, police Det. Sykes is suspicious of Harry, but Myrtle, a woman with whom Harry is involved, backs up his alibi by swearing that they were together on the beach all night. Sykes's suspicions then fall on Angel, who had once been convicted of a petty crime and was seen by the beat policemen at the park at around the time Mitch was killed. Meanwhile, Harry confesses to his mother, who places the gun Harry used in Angel's suitcase. Because she and Angel are in love and plan to marry, Jennie finally breaks down and reveals the truth about the murder as Sykes is about to place Angel under arrest. Despite his mother's desperate pleas, Harry finally confesses and is led away from the park. Crushed that her favorite is lost to her, Ma initially disowns Jennie but soon takes her back and re-hires Angel as her barker. +

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Sub-genre:
Carnival/Circus, Crime


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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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