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Sin Takes A Holiday

While visiting Paris a married woman falls in love with a romantic stranger.
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Sin Takes A Holiday
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
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  • Originally Released: 1930
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Enticed by his money and prestige, lovely and pure Sylvia Brenner (Constance Bennett) accepts the marriage proposal of her boss, decadent divorce lawyer Gaylord Stanton. The only reason he has proposed to his wallflower secretary is to avoid having to marry his mistress, who has been tightening the matrimonial noose. Stanton immediately whisks his new bride out of site, sending her off alone on a cruise to France. "Marriage" agrees with Sylvia who blossoms into an alluring woman of style and grace. This transformation does not go unnoticed by suave Reginald Durant (Basil Rathbone) who, finding the beautiful Sylvia unattended, begins to exert his considerable romantic charms. Reginald's fervent pursuit presses the passionate young bride's resistance to the breaking point.

Sin Takes a Holiday is a alarmingly candid farce of sexual mores run wild featuring a definitive performance by Constance Bennett and brilliantly supported by Basil Rathbone.

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A classic love triangle ensues when a beautiful young secretary agrees to marry a divorce lawyer for convenience while a debonair, young, and dashing European gentleman shows her the finer things in life. Needless to say, she falls for the European, but at the same time her new husband realizes that he actually loves her.

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Love Story | Love Triangle | Romance | Vintage

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Customer Rating: Rating 4.1
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Rating 3.5 Constance Bennett in pre-code fun Movie Lover: from Walnut Creek, CA US -- January, 25, 2009

Enjoyable, if stagey, cynical pre-code picture, with a debauched and cynical Basil Rathbone and not atypical 1930s plot illogic. This gets you some of the fun of "pre-Code" pictures- scenes of decadence that vanished from the movies from 1934 until the late fifties. Constance Bennett is certainly in love with her looks.


Rating 4.0 Suave and debonair...this is the Rathbone we all know. Movie Lover: from Oil City, PA US -- September, 4, 2007

A very early 30s film where Rathbone co-stars with a fine actress from the silent era. A delightful little ditty that will appeal more to the ladies than the men. The ending is not what I expected but what my wife expected...Enjoy!


Rating 5.0 Sin Takes A Holiday Movie Lover: from Blackwood, NJ -- November, 9, 2005

"Sin Takes A Holiday" is an 88 minute divine holiday of a movie. Basil Rathbone is suave and Constance Bennett is alluring. It's a movie you want to see again and again.


Rating 4.0 Amusing little pre-code picture . . . Movie Lover: from Cincinnati, OH US -- October, 30, 2004

Only in these pre-codes will you find a divorce lawyer and his secretary contracting to be married for a year for a $5,000 fee (quite a chunk of change by 1930 standards!). The role of Sylvia Brenner might have been layed by Joan Crawford if this were made at MGM, but Constnace Bennett carries this off with far more class. And she was SO gorgeous!

Basil Rathbone is such a suave devil in this film. The packaging is slightly misleading in listing only Rathbone, because Constance Bennett is the only star billed above the title.

Except for an occasional scratch or splice, the print is fairly clean, sound is what you'd expect for an early talkie. Another great bargain from Alpha!


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