Sin Takes a Holiday

Oh lady -- what clothes!

Romance Comedy
81 min     6.7     1930     USA


Dowdy Sylvia accepts her boss' marriage proposal, even though he only asked her to avoid marriage to another woman. As a wealthy wife, Sylvia changes from ugly duckling to uninhibited swan and even contemplates having an affair with a man she meets during a trip to Paris.


CinemaSerf wrote:
Quite an enjoyable, if forgettable, far fetched yarn about a successful lawyer "Gaylord Stanton" (Kenneth MacKenna) who, fed up with constant harassment from his female clients, asks his secretary "Sylvia" (Constance Brenner) if she would marry him. Sceptical, at first, then quickly realising that it could completely transfer her drab existence, she accepts. This marriage of convenience is exactly that, and she duly sets off on a trip to Paris where she encounters an old acquaintance "Reggie Durant" (Basil Rathbone). He takes a shine to her and she does likewise with him so they return home so she can seek a divorce. Meantime MacKenna has got himself into a similar stew with Rita la Roy (real name Ina May Stewart in case you think that name might not have been made up!) and, of course, things don't quite go according to plan for anyone. It's quite witty in parts and the story is quite clever. Much of the delivery, however, is a bit flat and it's all a bit too overly-staged for me, but worth a watch - if only to see Rathbone (at almost 40 years of age) looking like a gent half that age.