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The Sin of Nora Moran (1933)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 13 December 1933 (USA)
Nora Moran, a young woman with a difficult and tragic past, is sentenced to die for a murder that she did not commit. She could easily reveal the truth and save her own life, if only it ... See full summary »

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District Attorney John Grant
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Gov. Dick Crawford
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Mrs. Edith Crawford
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Mrs. Watts
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Father Ryan
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Mr. Moran
Aggie Herring ...
Mrs. Moran
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Captain of Detectives (as Joe Girard)
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Harvey Clark
Rolfe Sedan ...
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Nora Moran, a young woman with a difficult and tragic past, is sentenced to die for a murder that she did not commit. She could easily reveal the truth and save her own life, if only it would not damage the lives, careers and reputations of those whom she loves. Written by Kieran Kenney

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Straight to every woman's heart! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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The Woman in the Chair  »

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The movie's poster, by Alberto Vargas, was #2 of "The 25 Best Movie Posters Ever" by Premiere. See more »

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District Attorney John Grant: And to me he was just a figurehead that I had groomed for the governorship to further my own political power. When I finally got wind of what was going on, he had become a damned important figurehead.
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Referenced in Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Avant-garde B-movie
4 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

This film is a great surprise. Apart from being thematically unusual (murder, suicide, corruption, capital punishment, rape, etc) it is visually astonishing and years ahead of its time, anticipating lots of stuff from 40's film noir to art-house European cinema (Bergman's Wild Strawberries for instance).

The film uses the `narratage' technique first used the same year by Preston Sturges in `The Power and the Glory' (also a very interesting film, directed by William K. Howard and a clear precedent of `Citizen Kane') which consists of voice-over narration and flashbacks and flashforwards, but if takes it much further with a very complex structure that includes flashbacks within flashbacks, dreams, hallucinations, flashforwards and characters appearing in scenes where they were not originally present and commenting the action with the main character.

The film is also extraordinarily shot with quasi expressionistic photography, lots of tracking shots, montages and very imaginative use of stock footage. To make all this even more admirable the film was produced on a very low B budget and it runs only 65 minutes.


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