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Jane Murfin (screenplay) and
Sinclair Lewis (novel)
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Release Date:
6 October 1933 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Irene Dunne ... Ann Vickers

Walter Huston ... Judge Barney 'Barney' Dolphin

Conrad Nagel ... Lindsey Atwell

Bruce Cabot ... Capt. Lafayette Resnick

Edna May Oliver ... Malvina Wormser

Sam Hardy ... Ignatz Spaulding
Mitchell Lewis ... Captain Waldo

Murray Kinnell ... Dr. Slenk - Copperhead Gap Warden
Helen Eby-Rock ... Kitty Cognac

Gertrude Michael ... Mona Dolphin

J. Carrol Naish ... Dr. Sorelle (as J. Carroll Naish)

Sarah Padden ... Lil--Black Woman
Reginald Barlow ... Chaplain

Rafaela Ottiano ... Mrs. Feldermans (as Rafaella Ottiano)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Wally Albright ... Mischa Feldermans (uncredited)

Margaret Armstrong ... Miss Jones (uncredited)

Irving Bacon ... Waiter (uncredited)
May Beatty ... Nurse (uncredited)
Katherine Block ... Prison Matron (uncredited)
Estelle Brody ... Prisoner (uncredited)

William P. Carleton ... Bit (uncredited)
Jimmy Casey ... Reporter (uncredited)
Helen Cromwell ... Mrs. Bingham (uncredited)

John Cromwell ... Sad-Faced Doughboy (uncredited)
Jenny Dark ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Gage (uncredited)
Robert Doran ... Man (uncredited)

Mary Foy ... Big Prison Matron in Warden's Office (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Clarence Geldart ... Judge (uncredited)

Lillian Harmer ... Prison Matron in Warden's Office (uncredited)
Jessie Heathman ... Prison Matron (uncredited)
Fay Holderness ... Prison Matron (uncredited)

Arthur Hoyt ... Mr. Penny (uncredited)
Walter James ... Guard (uncredited)
Dan Jones ... Guard (uncredited)
Willie Keeler ... Guard (uncredited)
David Kirby ... Guard (uncredited)
Violet Knights ... Prisoner (uncredited)

John Larkin ... Black Trusty (uncredited)
June Mathews ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Edwin Maxwell ... Defense Attorney (uncredited)

Geneva Mitchell ... Leah Birnbaum (uncredited)
William F. Moran ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
L.J. O'Connor ... Inmate (uncredited)
Reinhold Pasch ... Ben Feldermans (uncredited)
Fred Santley ... Sam (uncredited)

Larry Steers ... Prosecutor (uncredited)
Marjorie Tucker ... Prison Matron (uncredited)
Fred Walsh ... Man (uncredited)
Larry Williams ... Man with Barney at Malvina's Party (uncredited)

Directed by
John Cromwell 
Writing credits
Jane Murfin (screenplay)

Sinclair Lewis  novel

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
Merian C. Cooper .... executive producer
Original Music by
Roy Webb (uncredited)
Cinematography by
David Abel (photographed by)
Edward Cronjager (photographed by)
Film Editing by
George Nichols Jr.  (as George Nicholls Jr.)
Art Direction by
Charles M. Kirk  (as Charles Kirk)
Van Nest Polglase 
Costume Design by
Howard Greer (uncredited)
Walter Plunkett (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas Atkins .... assistant director: reshoots (uncredited)
Kenneth Holmes .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Kenny Koontz .... chief propman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Paul F. Wiser .... recorded by (as Paul Wiser)
Eddie Harman .... assistant sound recording engineer (uncredited)
Clem Portman .... sound recordist (uncredited)
James G. Stewart .... assistant sound recording engineer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Almond .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Joseph F. Biroc .... camera operator (uncredited)
James Daly .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Gaston Longet .... still photographer (uncredited)
Sam Redding .... chief grip (uncredited)
Vernon L. Walker .... process photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
William Morgan .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Thomas Scott .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Max Steiner .... musical director
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Lucille Caron .... stand-in: Edna May Oliver (uncredited)
Mary Miner .... stand-in: Irene Dunne (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Sinclair Lewis' Ann Vickers" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
"Ana Vickers" - Spain
"Ann Vickers" - France
"Ann Vickers" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Egy modern asszony szíve" - Hungary (imdb display title)
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76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

Sarah Padden, who is listed as a black woman, supposedly played her role in black-face, since she is not black. She was not seen in the film, but may have been the prisoner executed by hanging. She is seen in long shot and is not recognizable. 'Reginald Barlow' is barely recognizable as the Chaplain following her and reciting a prayer. J. Carrol Naish has a very brief scene lying in bed in an alcoholic stupor. He has no lines. It is a credit to their agents that these three all received on-screen credits.See more »
Anachronisms: Although the first part of the picture takes place in 1918, all of Irene Dunne's hairstyles and clothes are strictly in the 1933 mode, and continue as such through the decade of the 1920s which follows.See more »
Barney Dolphin:[last lines]
Matthew Dolphin:Who are you?
Barney Dolphin:Well, son, i refuse to answer without advice of counsel.
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Movie Connections:
Features Her Man (1930)See more »
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6 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Irene Dunne deserved better than this..., 6 April 2010
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

ANN VICKERS is a bizarre tear-jerker from the early days of sound movies featuring IRENE DUNNE as a woman who is well-intentioned but makes all the wrong choices in life, including the men she thinks she loves.

BRUCE CABOT is her first mistake, a man proclaiming great love for her but abandoning her not long after she bears his child. In a weak supporting role, she treats CONRAD NAGEL as a man she cannot love but values as a friend. He's not too happy about that arrangement.

Then comes married man WALTER HUSTON, unhappily married who finds Dunne a refreshing bit of love interest. She has a career that keeps her busy and stands by him when he is accused of mismanaging funds. He's soon imprisoned but she finds a way to get his case some political attention and eventually he is free to marry her.

That's about it, all handled in dreary fashion with hardly a note of music on the soundtrack to lift it out of the doldrums when it gets too soggy to bear. As social commentary on conditions in the 1930s and women's issues, it's a failure. Miss Dunne plays a social worker who rises to play an important role in the penal system for females.

IRENE DUNNE suffers nobly, but it's a weak vehicle for a strong actress and she can do nothing to give the film a sense of real life struggles. Chalk this one up as a failure, even if it was based on a novel penned by no less than Sinclair Lewis. Evidently, not too much has been retained from his novel.

Summing up: Not worth your time. Any film that wastes the talents of EDNA MAY OLIVER as a Duchess has got to make you wonder what they were thinking. It's her dullest role ever.

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