And One Was Beautiful (1940)

68 mins | Drama | 5 April 1940

Director:

Robert B. Sinclair

Writer:

Harry Clork

Producer:

Frederick Stephani

Cinematographer:

Ray June

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

Although onscreen credits list Harry Clork as screenwriter, the SAB lists him as contributing ... More Less

Although onscreen credits list Harry Clork as screenwriter, the SAB lists him as contributing writer. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
29 Mar 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
17 Apr 40
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Feb 40
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Feb 40
pp. 12-13.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Mar 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
2 Apr 40
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald
23 Mar 40
p. 30.
Motion Picture Herald
6 Apr 40
p. 39.
New York Times
11 Apr 40
p. 32.
Variety
3 Apr 40
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig story
Contr wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
SOUND
Rec dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit bus mgr
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 April 1940
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 28 March 1940
Production Date:
early-late February 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
4 April 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9546
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6125
SYNOPSIS

The glamorous Helen Lattimer strives to reach the upper rungs of society while her unassuming kid sister Kate is content to remain a sweet innocent. To avoid going to a dull party at the Harridges', Helen sends Kate in her place. At the party, Kate meets eligible playboy Ridley Crane and spends the night with him discussing cars. Kate is taken with Ridley, but he prefers her glamorous sister. The next night, after drinking heavily in a road house, Ridley passes out, and Helen decides to drive his race car home. While trying to shift gears, Helen hits and kills a bicyclist and out of panic, flees the scene of the crime, leaving Ridley to be arrested on a drunk driving and manslaughter charge. Kate becomes suspicious when an hysterical Helen returns home with stains on her gloves and furtively buries a package in the garden. The next day, when Ridley comes by and explains that he cannot remember what happened and asks Helen's help, Kate digs up the garden and finds her sister's shoe with a missing heel. Because a woman's heel was found in Ridley's car, Kate confronts Helen with the evidence, but Helen denies that she drove the car. Kate then tells Ridley about the incriminating evidence, but to shield Helen, he pleads guilty and is sentenced to five years in Sing Sing. To escape Kate's continued accusations, Helen marries George Olcott, a man she does not love. As Ridley calmly accepts his sentence, Kate works unceasingly to win a pardon for him and comfort the family of the dead man. Just as Ridley's pardon seems certain, Helen ... +


The glamorous Helen Lattimer strives to reach the upper rungs of society while her unassuming kid sister Kate is content to remain a sweet innocent. To avoid going to a dull party at the Harridges', Helen sends Kate in her place. At the party, Kate meets eligible playboy Ridley Crane and spends the night with him discussing cars. Kate is taken with Ridley, but he prefers her glamorous sister. The next night, after drinking heavily in a road house, Ridley passes out, and Helen decides to drive his race car home. While trying to shift gears, Helen hits and kills a bicyclist and out of panic, flees the scene of the crime, leaving Ridley to be arrested on a drunk driving and manslaughter charge. Kate becomes suspicious when an hysterical Helen returns home with stains on her gloves and furtively buries a package in the garden. The next day, when Ridley comes by and explains that he cannot remember what happened and asks Helen's help, Kate digs up the garden and finds her sister's shoe with a missing heel. Because a woman's heel was found in Ridley's car, Kate confronts Helen with the evidence, but Helen denies that she drove the car. Kate then tells Ridley about the incriminating evidence, but to shield Helen, he pleads guilty and is sentenced to five years in Sing Sing. To escape Kate's continued accusations, Helen marries George Olcott, a man she does not love. As Ridley calmly accepts his sentence, Kate works unceasingly to win a pardon for him and comfort the family of the dead man. Just as Ridley's pardon seems certain, Helen leaves her husband and offers to tell the truth. The day that Ridley is released from jail, Helen is waiting for him at the gate, but he rejects her in favor of her less glamorous sister. +

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