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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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Additional Details

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?

Some objections were made by the Hays Office concerning the plot of the first draft of the screenplay, where Ann marries Captain Resnick and then has an affair with Barney. The plot was changed to Ann being seduced by the Captain with the offense somehow deemed less if only one of the parties in the adulterous affair is married. No reference is made about any abortion in the trip to Havana, and in the released print the cause of death of Ann's baby girl is never mentioned. RKO applied for an "Approved" certificate in 1935, when the production code was more rigorously enforced, but they were informed that no certificate would be given because of the film's attitude towards adultery.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:
References Joan the Woman (1916)See more »
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41 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Interesting Social Commentary, 25 May 2001
Author: jlanders13 from Peoria, Illinois

"Ann Vickers" is an adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' book about an unwed social worker who becomes pregnant during World War I and is subsequently abandoned by her lover. It is a valuable social commentary on the mores and folkways of the time (1933) and explores the double standard then existent that condemned a woman for `loose living' while exonerating a man. The most interesting aspect of the film to me was the fact that it was almost a mirror's image of the sea change that took place in morals during 1920's in the aftermath of World War I.

RKO couldn't have picked a better actress to play the part of Ann Vickers. Irene Dunne was young, sensitive, brave, intelligent – everything the `modern woman' of the day was supposed to be. Her early professional career was marked by a series of skillfully done tearjerkers of which "Ann Vickers" is one of the better ones.

I highly recommend this movie. Walter Huston did a fine job as Ann's second love, and the man who restored her faith in a loving relationship. It's well directed and filmed and is a wonderful insight into life in the U.S. from just after World War I up until the middle of the Great Depression.

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