Sin Takes a Holiday (1930)

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“Sin Takes a Holiday” is a 1930 romantic comedy film directed by Paul L. Stein and starring Constance Bennett, Kenneth MacKenna, and Basil Rathbone. The movie is based on the play of the same name by Vincent Lawrence.

The film follows the story of Sylvia Brenner (Constance Bennett), a young and beautiful secretary who works for a wealthy businessman named Gaylord Stanton (Kenneth MacKenna). Sylvia is hopelessly in love with her boss, but he is too preoccupied with his work to notice her. In an attempt to get his attention, Sylvia quits her job and goes on a vacation to the French Riviera, where she poses as a wealthy socialite.

There, she meets the dashing and charming Philip Chester (Basil Rathbone), and the two quickly fall in love. Sylvia is torn between her feelings for Philip and her loyalty to Gaylord, who has followed her to France to try and win her back.

As Sylvia tries to navigate her complicated love life, she finds herself in increasingly awkward and humorous situations. Eventually, she must choose between the two men and decide where her heart truly lies.

The film was a critical and commercial success, and helped to cement Constance Bennett’s reputation as a leading lady of the silver screen. It is notable for its witty dialogue, stylish costumes, and charming performances, and remains a classic of the romantic comedy genre.

Paul L. Stein

Horace Jackson, Robert Milton, Dorothy Cairns

Constance Bennett, Kenneth MacKenna, Basil Rathbone

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