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The Sin of Nora Moran

The Sin of Nora Moran(1933)

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The working title of this film was The Woman in the Chair. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, after filming began, producer Phil Goldstone took over as director from Howard Christy. The news item noted that Goldstone banned all visitors from the set and put a guard at the stage door on the lookout for reporters. Reviewers commented that this film borrowed the technique of "narratage" from the Fox production, The Power and the Glory, produced by Jesse L. Lasky, directed by William K. Howard and written by Preston Sturges, which was released earlier in 1933. The term "narratage" was coined by the Fox publicity department to describe the technique that Sturges used of telling his story in a series of flashbacks, some of which were narrated, that were not arranged in chronological order. New York Times, in comparing the two films, echoes other reviews in commenting that The Sin of Nora Moran "lacks the clarity, the efficient acting and the good writing of the Jesse Lasky production." In addition to using the Sturges technique, this film played with the time element, so that in some scenes set in the past, the characters know what will occur in the future. Alternately, in one scene, the character in the present is dressed from a period in her past. In the murder sequence, the film contains an effect in which the frame seems to separate in half. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, John Miljan was loaned from M-G-M. Gilbert Emery was listed as a cast member in a Hollywood Herald production chart, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed.