Ann Vickers (film)
|Directed by||John Cromwell|
Tommy Atkins (assistant)
|Produced by||Pandro S. Berman|
|Written by||Jane Murfin|
|Based on||novel Ann Vickers|
by Sinclair Lewis
|Edited by||George Nicholls, Jr.|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
After a military officer (Bruce Cabot) gets Ann Vickers (Irene Dunne) pregnant and leaves her, she chooses to terminate the pregnancy. Feeling conflicted and regretful, Ann devotes herself to social work, taking a job in a women's prison. However, when she tries to improve the conditions there, she loses her job. She instead writes a book about the harsh realities of the prison and begins a romance with a married judge, Barney Dolphin (Walter Huston). This helps her career but frustrates her wish for a family.
- Irene Dunne as Ann Vickers
- Walter Huston as Barney Dolphin
- Conrad Nagel as Lindsey Atwell
- Bruce Cabot as Captain Resnick
- Edna May Oliver as Malvina Wormser
- Sam Hardy as Russell Spaulding
- Mitchell Lewis as Captain Waldo
- Murray Kinnell as Dr. Slenk
- Helen Eby-Rock as Kitty Cognac
- Gertrude Michael as Mona Dolphin
- J. Carroll Naish as Dr. Sorelle
- Sarah Padden as Lil
- Reginald Barlow as Chaplain
- Rafaella Ottiano as Mrs. Feldermans
- Irving Bacon as Waiter (uncredited)
- John Cromwell as Sad-Faced Doughboy (uncredited)
In the novel, Ann Vickers is a birth control advocate and reformer who has an extramarital affair. The screenplay for the 1933 film was approved by the Production Code only when RKO Radio Pictures agreed to make Vickers an unmarried woman at the time of her affair, thus eliminating the issue of adultery.
The reaction of leading American Roman Catholics to the content in this film and The Sign of the Cross led to the formation in 1934 of the Catholic Legion of Decency, an organization dedicated to identifying and combating what it viewed as objectionable content in films, usually by threatening a boycott.
- Black, Gregory D. (1996). Hollywood Censored: Morality Codes, Catholics, and the Movies. Cambridge University Press. pp. 162–164. ISBN 0-521-56592-8.
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