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Holiday for Sinners (1952)

Passed | | Drama | 25 July 1952 (USA)
Three men, reared together in New Orleans, but whose paths have drifted apart, each face a crisis during the last weekend of Mardi Gras: Dr. Jason Kent must decide between accepting a ... See full summary »

Director:

Gerald Mayer

Writers:

Hamilton Basso (novel), A.I. Bezzerides
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gig Young ... Dr. Jason Kent
Keenan Wynn ... Joe Piavi
Janice Rule ... Susan Corvier
William Campbell ... Danny Farber
Richard Anderson ... Father Victor Carducci
Michael Chekhov ... Dr. Konndorff
Sandro Giglio Sandro Giglio ... Nick Muto
Edith Barrett ... Mrs. Corvier
Porter Hall ... Louie - Pool Hall Proprietor
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... Mike Hennighan
Frank DeKova ... The Wiry Man (as Frank de Kova)
Will Wright ... The Man with a Cigar
Jack Raine ... Dr. Surtees
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Three men, reared together in New Orleans, but whose paths have drifted apart, each face a crisis during the last weekend of Mardi Gras: Dr. Jason Kent must decide between accepting a chance to become famous as a research scientist, which will mean leaving New Orleans and giving up the girl he loves, Susan Corvier, or staying in his father's practice among the poor; Father Victor Carducci is refused permission to open an independent clinic and is thinking of leaving the Church; Punch-drunk prizefighter Joe Piavi is mainly operating in a survival mode and is trying to collect $1500 owed to him by his former manager Mike Hennighan. When he finds out about the debt, brash reporter Danny Farber, not above a double-cross when it means gain for him, needles Hennighan about Joe, and then tells Joe that Henninghan is threatening to send him to an asylum. The paths of Jason, Father Carducci and J! Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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LOVE WEARS A MASK When It's Mardi Gras In New Orleans!

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Assim Quis o Destino See more »

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Budget:

$767,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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First film at MGM for producer John Houseman. See more »

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B picture with an astoundingly adult screenplay
4 November 2015 | by drichter-1See all my reviews

From a naturalistic Hamilton Basso novel, Days Before Lent, this is an adult melodrama about three childhood friends, a doctor, a priest, and a boxer,who develop in very different directions, but all leading to a dead end. The priest (Richard Anderson) wants to create a clinic for the poor but is frustrated by the church hierarchy, the doctor (Gig Young) wants to leave his hardscrabble practice and join a research team in India but discovers that he would have to leave his aristocratic fiancée (Janice Rule) back in New Orleans, and the battered boxer, a has-been who is going blind (Keenan Wynn), is merely trying to survive from drink to drink. The performances are more than merely competent, Keenan Wynn's in particular, but the delight is in the urbane and intelligent dialogue by Albert Bezzerides. The melodrama unfolds against Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but very little of what happens is peculiar to that unique city (even the breakfast pastries are called doughnuts rather than beignets).


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