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Charming Sinners (1929)

Set in London, Kathryn Miles's marriage is threatened when she discovers her husband's longstanding affair with her best friend but surprises everyone when she uses it to create a new life for herself.

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Robert Milton

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W. Somerset Maugham (play), Doris Anderson (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Ruth Chatterton ... Kathryn Miles
Clive Brook ... Robert Miles
Mary Nolan ... Anne-Marie Whitley
William Powell ... Karl Kraley
Laura Hope Crews ... Mrs. Carr
Florence Eldridge ... Helen Carr
Montagu Love ... George Whitley
Juliette Crosby ... Margaret
Lorraine MacLean Lorraine MacLean ... Alice
Claud Allister ... Gregson
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Based on the 1926 play 'The Constant Wife' by W. Somerset Maugham, this comedy takes a modern and amusing take on marriage and infidelity and gives a quick-witted, alternative view on how to deal with an extramarital affair and has a surprising feminist and forward outcome. Written by mahajanssen

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Sin IS Charming You'll admit it is, when the sinners are blonde, exquisite, delicately perfumed! (Print Ad- Youngstown vindicator, ((Youngstown, Ohio)) 9 August 1929) See more »

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The film was released on August 17, 1929 by Paramount Pictures. See more »

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Referenced in I Flunked, But... (1930) See more »

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Well acted with clever dialogue, yet static...
1 September 2015 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

... and for good reason! In 1929, the movie camera post dawn of sound was unable to move at all. So Somerset Maugham's play about a philandering husband who wants to have his cake and eat it too was just perfect film material given the limitations of early sound technology. So don't judge this film too harshly.

The philandering husband, Robert Miles (Clive Brook), is having an affair with Anne-Marie Whitley (Mary Nolan), also married. Robert's wife of ten years, Kathryn (Ruth Chatterton), finds out and plans her clever revenge, which, with surgical precision, manages to teach her husband a lesson, give herself a European vacation, and not ruin either her marriage or that of the Whitleys. William Powell plays the suitor that lost out to Robert ten years before and wants another chance, but it's a small part as Powell is not the big star he will be in just a few more years.

I think tragic Mary Nolan as Anne Marie has the most interesting part and she handles it quite skillfully. Anne Marie wants to preserve her marriage, yet she is careless about being seen in public with Robert by people who would have every reason to rat her out. She throws Robert's cigarette case onto her bed and it lands under her husband's pillow. Why??? You could say finances are why she wants to hang on to her marriage, but you can't say the same for her so-called "friendship" with Robert's wife, Kathryn, whom she continually and sincerely calls her best friend even though she is sleeping with her husband. What a puzzling creature she is!

Give it a chance if you ever get the opportunity. The dialogue is very witty since it is the work of a clever playwright, and the acting is quite natural. It is not the stilted stuff of other early talkies where the actors don't seem to know what to do with themselves and the writers are used to writing title cards. Only the lack of motion subtracts from its charm.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1929 (USA) See more »

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Amar não é Pecado See more »

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1.20 : 1
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