And I felt sorry for the one left out. Her attitude is almost too morose at the outset, but she stands up for herself to all of the other characters. A mention about the character Gaylord. Creative Commons license: Public Domain Mark 1. Depression-weary audiences flocked to see Bennett swathed in silks, satins and furs as she moved through a sumptuous art deco world you could only find in the movies.
Dowdy Sylvia accepts her boss' marriage proposal, even though he only asked her to avoid marriage to another woman. They come to see me and go out humming the costumes. Constance Bennett was pretty good -- she plays better at lighter comedy, this seemed just a tad too sophisticated for her, but she did a good job nonetheless; no complaints really. A delightful little ditty that will appeal more to the ladies than the men. I really couldn't take this at all seriously.
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. Bennett is charming, if slightly too elegant to be playing a working girl, and her Cinderella-like transformation into world traveler shows her to better advantage. Her home studio welcomed her with their best director, Paul L. This mildly amusing drawing room comedy is glamorously staged, even though the public domain prints are not necessarily the best. De Mille, who had brought her to Pathe during a brief period away from his usual studio Paramount. Enjoy this film for the marvelously fantastic Art Deco sets and wonderful period gowns.
I'll probably forget about it a week from now, so I'd better review it while it's still fresh! An unfortunate effect is that the three characters come off as facile and, ultimately, unlikeable, the comedic talents of Bennett and the imposing presence of Rathbone notwithstanding. However, after spending time in France with Reggie Basil Rathbone , Sylvia returns to Gaylord to ask what he truly feels. A dowdy secretary named Sylvia Brenner Constance Bennett agrees to marry her rich, divorce lawyer boss Gaylord Stanton Kenneth MacKenna so that he can avoid a marriage to one of his regular clients. Stein Screenplay: Dorothy Cairns, Horace Jackson, Robert Milton Cinematography: John J. Some good players, some good performers thoroughly wasted. Constance Bennett had some of the best lines.
Along with her beauty, the headlines generated by her off-screen romances put her in demand, and the studio made a nice profit lending her out. The two married men are seeing single girls possibly call girls? Rathbone who is part of their terribly sophisticated set is impressed enough with his own creation to make a play for her. The ending is also horribly predictable, and worse, unlike other romantic comedies where we know what's coming but are all rooting for it, here we really don't want it to end this way. It's uninteresting and flat for too many stretches despite is brief 81 minute run time. The E-mail message field is required. Her function is to be a wife in name only so he can play to his heart's content and never be concerned with getting trapped by one of his female dates.
Rathbone is far more likable than MacKenna, and their romantic adventures all over Europe are quite amusing. Constance Bennett is reasonably good in the leading role. The always delightful presence of Zazu Pitts should be noted, though she plays a small role in the plot development. Yes, I know he's been around, I'm familiar with the Sherlock Holmes series. But when he behaves boorishly towards her, she decides to take him up on it because she can travel and have anything she wants.
Wakeling had been discovered by Cecil B. When he needs a wife so he can hold an aggressive married flame at bay, Bennett is available and more than willing. Jealousy in two love triangles ensues when she returns to New York to talk to her 'husband', with both La Roy and Rathbone's characters present. The boss, however, is unmarried, but his girlfriend wants to get married to him right away. Stanton immediately whisks his new bride out of site, sending her off alone on a cruise to France. The story has been done many times before in various forms and is very predictable. Sin Takes A Holiday is a delightful film.
Maybe he decided the movie biz wasn't for him. The plot revolves around three characters, each in love with the one who isn't in love with her or him. Categorized as a drama, in the beginning we are led to believe it will be light and airy, however, as we are drawn to the characters, such as Constance Bennett's seemingly light facade and Kenneth MacKenna's and Rathbonne's dawning realizations. . She's beautiful in both before and after modes. Gaylord's married girlfriend is itching to get a divorce and snag Gaylord as husband 3 or 4.
Bennett plays a lowly stenographer who enters into a marriage of convenience with boss MacKenna so that he won't have to tie the knot with La Roy, his divorcee girl friend. But as always happens in these situations, the young heroine falls in love with the playboy rascal, even though while in Europe, she's seen hobnobbing with MacKenna's friend, Basil Rathbone. Well, that's just a little sidebar tangent I went off on. Derr ; directed by Paul L. Although critics were lukewarm about Sin Takes a Holiday, giving most of their praise to Rathbone as the lady's man with a conscience, the film was a box-office success that helped make Bennett queen of the lot. Credits: Photography, John Mescall ; music director, Francis Gromon ; editor, Daniel Mandell. As a result, the later film is more teasing comedy than titillating melodrama.
We have a confrontation at the end between all the characters involved which is what we have been anticipating and the dialogue is very entertaining. It's also not explained why she's in love with her boss. She then sets off for Europe. I didn't understand if that was indeed true for real life at the time, or if it was just some not-very-well-explained plot device for getting Gaylord to enter into his sham marriage in order to set up the main plot of the movie. It's also pre-Code, so anything goes. In this film, everybody cheats on their spouses.