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Ann Vickers (1933)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 6 October 1933 (USA)
A prison reformer and a controversial judge fall in love and have a child out of wedlock.

Director:

John Cromwell

Writers:

Jane Murfin (screenplay), Sinclair Lewis (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Ann Vickers
Walter Huston ... Judge Bernard 'Barney' Dolphin
Conrad Nagel ... Lindsey Atwell
Bruce Cabot ... Capt. Lafayette 'Lafe' Resnick
Edna May Oliver ... Malvina Wormser
Sam Hardy ... Russell 'Ignatz' Spaulding
Mitchell Lewis ... Capt. Waldo Dringoole
Murray Kinnell ... Dr. Slenk
Helen Eby-Rock Helen Eby-Rock ... Kitty Cognac
Gertrude Michael ... Mona Dolphin
J. Carrol Naish ... Dr. Sorelle (as J. Carroll Naish)
Sarah Padden ... Lil--Black Woman
Reginald Barlow Reginald Barlow ... Chaplain
Rafaela Ottiano ... Mrs. Feldermans (as Rafaella Ottiano)
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Storyline

During WWI, Ann Vickers, a humanitarian who is just starting the adult phase of her life, wants to make a difference in the world - using her friend Dr. Malvina Wormser as a role model - but she also wants a fulfilling personal life. She isn't sure if she can accomplish both at the same time. So after a failed relationship with soldier Captain Lafe Resnick which includes a deeper personal tragedy for her, Ann decides instead to focus solely on her career. With a background in nursing and social work, she decides the area of her work will be in prison reform. Her lofty goals do not sit well with many of the male traditionalists in the field, they who may stop her from accomplishing what she wants, at her own personal reputation at risk. Although she has a multitude of wannabe suitors, it isn't until she meets Supreme Court judge Barney Dolphin that she contemplates having that fulfilling personal life at the same time as having a career. But the road to a possible happy ending for Ann ... Written by Huggo

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THE BOOK THAT SET FIRE TO THE NATION Is Burning Up The screen! (Print Ad- The Pampa Daily News,((Pampa, Texas)) 22 October 1933)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sinclair Lewis' Ann Vickers See more »

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Budget:

$303,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Kelly as Dr. Alstein and Mona Dolphin are in studio records/casting call lists for this movie. Kelly was not seen in the print, and since Mona Dolphin was the character name of Barney's wife, it is likely that no such actress existed. Ferdinand Gottschalk is listed for the role of Dr. Slenk, but that role was played by Murray Kinnell. Kitty Kelly and Robert Benchley were mentioned as cast members in a news item, but they did not appear in the movie. See more »

Goofs

Although the first part of the picture takes place in 1918, all of Irene Dunne's hairstyles and clothes are strictly in the 1933 mode, and continue as such through the decade of the 1920s which follows. See more »

Quotes

Barney Dolphin: [last lines]
Matthew Dolphin: Who are you?
Barney Dolphin: Well, son, i refuse to answer without advice of counsel.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are printed in the pages of the novel. They are revealed by a man's hand who's opening the book and turning the pages. See more »

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References Joan the Woman (1916) See more »

Soundtracks

Over There
(1917) (uncredited)
Written by George M. Cohan
Played off screen by an organ grinder
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A Wonderful Women's Film
2 June 2003 | by cng4See all my reviews

This is what a woman's film ought to be in this era, not just 70 years ago. The Ann Vickers character is a strong woman devoted to her career and to those who depend on her at the women's prison. She is not without her flaws as any hero or protagonist, but she overcomes so many obstacles and definitely has control over her life. What has happened to strong and complex female roles in modern motion pictures? This movie is well acted, well-written and has a tremendous message. I recommend it to anyone who can get their hands on it, as I believe it is still not available on video. It ranks up there with Norma Shearer's character Jerry in "The Divorcee" as far as a well-developed complex strong female characters. We need more movies depicting our gender this way not just as sex objects but as sexual subjects, with career goals and sex drives. Watch this movie!


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