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Sinners' Holiday (1930)

Ma Delano (La Verne) runs a boardwalk penny arcade, living upstairs with her sons (Cagney and Gallagher) and daughter (Knapp). Story involves rum running, accidental murder and a frame-up.

Director:

John G. Adolfi

Writers:

Marie Baumer (based upon the play: "Penny Arcade"), Harvey F. Thew (screen adaptation) (as Harvey Thew) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Grant Withers ... Angel Harrigan
Lucille La Verne ... Mrs. Delano (as Lucille LaVerne)
Warren Hymer ... Mitch McKane
James Cagney ... Harry Delano
Joan Blondell ... Myrtle
Noel Madison ... Buck Rogers
Evalyn Knapp ... Jennie Delano
Otto Hoffman ... George
Hank Mann ... Happy
Ray Gallagher ... Joe Delano
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Ma Delano (La Verne) runs a boardwalk penny arcade, living upstairs with her sons (Cagney and Gallagher) and daughter (Knapp). Story involves rum running, accidental murder and a frame-up. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Crime | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Penny Arcade See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Angel states that Ma is worth $30,000 when talking to Jenny after Ma threw her out and said she wouldn't be getting any of it if Jenny runs off with him. That amount would equate to $433,000 in 2016. See more »

Goofs

When Harry pulls down the window shade, the light in the room only darkens after the shade is clear at the bottom of the window. See more »

Quotes

Angel Harrigan: Gee Jennie, I'm crazy aboutcha. Why I'd... I'd even marry ya.
Jennie Delano: That's thoughtful of you.
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Seminal early sound, pre-code film, Cagneys first movie
3 May 2019 | by Nate-48See all my reviews

This is a must-see film which captures a specific time and place: the prohibition-era Atlantic City Boardwalk scene.

This movie was released in 1930 at the height of prohibition and the beginning of The Great Depression.

It is the first film teaming of Cagney and Blondell, lifelong friends.

They acted these roles in the theater before the rights were purchased by Al Jolson to sell the script to Warner Brothers.

The scenes showed would have been absolutely scandalous five years later when the code went into effect.

The acting is great from the top down.

Cagney is at his most raw and gripping.

Great story which truly depicts the period and place with a reality-based tone that is hard to find in pictures anymore.


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