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Half a Sinner (1940)

Although young and beautiful, schoolteacher Anne Gladden fears a dull future. She finally decides to take a walk on the wild side, splurging on some fashionable new clothes and setting off ... See full summary »

Director:

Al Christie

Writers:

Frederick J. Jackson (screen play) (as Frederick Jackson), Dalton Trumbo (from a original story "The Lady Takes a Chance" by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Heather Angel ... Anne Gladden
John 'Dusty' King ... Larry Cameron (as John King)
Constance Collier ... Mrs. Jefferson Breckenbridge
Walter Catlett ... Gas Station Attendant
Tom Dugan ... Red
Robert Elliott ... Officer Kelly (as Robert Elliot)
Clem Bevans ... Snuffy
Emma Dunn ... Granny Gladden
Henry Brandon ... Handsome
William B. Davidson ... Slick Capasco
Fern Emmett ... Margaret Reed
Sonny Bupp ... Willy
Wilbur Mack ... Mason the Chauffer
Joe Devlin ... Steve
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Storyline

Although young and beautiful, schoolteacher Anne Gladden fears a dull future. She finally decides to take a walk on the wild side, splurging on some fashionable new clothes and setting off to find adventure. Her new confidence inspires her to flirt with complete strangers. When a gangster pays unwanted attention to her, she ditches him and flees in his car, unaware that there's a corpse in the backseat. Determined to recover his stolen vehicle and its incriminating cargo the thug begins a desperate search. The oblivious Anne, comes to the aid of a handsome young man stranded alongside the road. Romance blooms, but after the shocking discovery of a body in the trunk, the duo decide they have to return the car. The bickering lovebirds head back to the city, trailed by both the angry gangster and the cops, who suspect the young couple of murder. Written by Robert

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Everything Happens to Annie See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Arcadia Pictures Corp. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The lead character states she is 25 years old, but the actress who plays her (Heather Angel) was actually 31 years old when the movie was made. And the actress playing her "granny" (Emma Dunn) was actually only 35 years older than Ms. Angel, which makes Ms. Dunn more likely to be her mother than her grandmother. See more »

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When Snuffy flags down Red, the shadow of the boom microphone falls across Red's car. See more »

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Spring Fever
18 October 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Spring fever hits school teacher Heather Angel hard. She buys a nice frock and silk stockings walks to the park. She's enjoying herself until gangster Henry Brandon tries to pick her up. She sees his gun, panics, knocks him down, and steals his car. She doesn't notice the stiff in the back, but Brandon's boss wants the body dumped and his overcoat returned, so off they go. The appearance of John 'Dusty' King in the car puts them off. Hardly surprising given that he confesses to Miss Angel that he's a hardened criminal.

It's directed by Al Christie, who'd been in the motion picture racket since 1909. He mostly produced and directed for his own company with brother Charles, particularly short comedies. The coming of sound had made those less profitable, so he did this one for Universal, using some of their contract stars, and some people he'd known for a long time. The script is good enough, but the leads seem to be speaking their lines too fast for any impact, and some of the characters (like Clem Bevans) look interesting, and then disappear. Most of the real fun is delivered in the second half by Constance Collier, as a snooty busybody who takes a shine to the youngsters. The result is an okay little film that takes only an hour.


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