Half a Sinner


59m 1940

Film Details

Also Known As
Everything Happens to Ann, The Lady Takes a Chance
Release Date
Apr 5, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Arcadia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

Ignoring the advice of her crochety old grandmother, straightlaced schoolteacher Anne Gladden decides to discard her glasses, buy a new outfit and relish one day of freedom doing exactly as she pleases. Things don't work out exactly as she has planned, however, when, to avoid the unwelcome advances of a gangster, Anne jumps into a parked limousine and speeds away. Unknown to Anne, the car is stolen and a dead body is stashed in the back seat. As she drives along the road, the car's owner, Larry Cameron, recognizes his stolen vehicle and hails Anne to stop. His curiosity aroused when he discovers the body in the back seat, Larry pretends that he has car trouble and that he, too, is a crook. The discovery of the corpse signals just the beginning of their troubles, for soon they are being pursued by the police and by the gangsters, who are bent on retrieving the body. To throw the police off their trail, Larry switches license plates with dowager Mrs. Jefferson Breckenridge, and then drives Anne to a mansion he pretends he is going to rob. As they eat dinner in the mansion's kitchen, they are attacked by gangsters but rescued by Mrs. Breckenridge, who has followed them. After Mrs. Breckenridge exposes Larry as the real owner of the car and house, they return the car to the gangsters' headquarters, where they are taken captive by Slick, the gang leader. Once again, Mrs. Breckenridge comes to their rescue, aided by the police, and with their troubles at an end, Anne and Larrry decide to marry.

Film Details

Also Known As
Everything Happens to Ann, The Lady Takes a Chance
Release Date
Apr 5, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Arcadia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

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Notes

The working titles of this film were Everything Happens to Ann and The Lady Takes a Chance. The picture began as an Arcadia production on February 1939, and according the the MPPA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, it was to have been released by Grand National Pictures. With the demise of Grand National, Universal distributed and copyrighted the film in 1940.