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Sin Takes a Holiday
Director: Paul L. Stein (Dir)
Release Date:   1930
Premiere Information:   release: 10 Nov or 20 Nov 1930
Duration (in mins):   75
Duration (in feet):   7,304
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   Constance Bennett (Sylvia)  
    Kenneth MacKenna (Gaylord Stanton)  
    Basil Rathbone (Durant)  
    Rita La Roy (Grace)  
    Louis John Bartels (Richards)  
    John Roche (Sheridan)  
    ZaSu Pitts (Anna)  
    Kendall Lee (Miss Munson)  
    Murrell Finley (Ruth)  
    Helen Johnson (Miss Graham)  
    Fred Walton (Butler)  

Summary: Divorce lawyer Gaylord Stanton, who leads a very active social life, has an affair with Grace Lanier, whose third husband is currently suing her for a divorce and has named Gaylord as corespondent. Annoyed at her flippant attitude, Gaylord proposes marriage to his secretary, Sylvia, under an arrangement whereby she is allowed to live wherever she likes. On her trip to Paris, suggested by Gaylord, she meets Durant, who persuades her to live in his villa near Paris and takes her to the beauty and modiste shops of the capital. Meanwhile, Gaylord tells Grace of his marriage, claiming his wife is an invalid confined to a sanitarium. Durant begs Sylvia to get a divorce and marry him; and disconcerted, she returns to Gaylord, whom she loves. Although she comes into conflict with Grace, Sylvia finds that he really does love her. 

Production Company: Pathé Exchange, Inc.  
Distribution Company: Pathé Exchange, Inc.  
Director: Paul L. Stein (Dir)
  E. J. Babille (Asst dir)
Producer: E. B. Derr (Prod)
Writer: Horace Jackson (Scr)
  Robert Milton (Story)
  Dorothy Cairns (Story)
Photography: John Mescall (Photog)
Art Direction: Carroll Clark (Art dir)
Film Editor: Daniel Mandell (Film ed)
Costumes: Gwen Wakeling (Cost)
Music: Francis Gromon (Mus dir)
Sound: Charles O'Loughlin (Rec eng)
  T. A. Carman (Sd eng)
Production Misc: C. E. Sullivan (Vice-president Pathé Studios, Inc.)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text:

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number Passed By NBR:
Pathé Exchange, Inc. 10/11/1930 dd/mm/yyyy LP1804 Yes

Physical Properties: Sd: Recorded by RCA Photophone System

Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Domestic
Subjects (Major): Courtship
  Ocean liners
  Paris (France)

Note: Although the film is set in New York City, the downtown Los Angeles Eastern Building, located at 849 S. Broadway, is used as the office building establishing shot in the film. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
EHR   29 Nov 1930   p. 31.
EHW   6 Dec 1930   pp. 29-30.
Film Daily   23 Nov 1930   p. 10.
Life   19 Dec 1930   p. 20.
New York Times   28 Nov 1930   p. 23.
New York Times   7 Dec 1930   p. 5.
Variety   3 Dec 1930   p. 14.

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