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Sinner's Holiday Details


Based on the play Penny Arcade, Sinner's Holiday marked the film debut of James Cagney. After seeing the performance on Broadway, Al Jolson bought the rights to the play and sold it to Warner Bros. under the agreement that both Cagney and co-star Joan Blondell reprise their stage roles for the screen. The story concerns an overprotective mother, Ma Delano (Lucille LaVerne), who runs a penny arcade in Coney Island and lives with her children: Harry (James Cagney), Joe (Ray Gallagher), and Jennie (Evelyn Knapp). Harry works for a sideshow ran by liquor-dealing gangster Mitch McKane (Warren B. Hymer), who wants to date ennie. Grant Withers plays Angel, Harry's co-worker and the hero that saves Jennie from Mitch's advances. When Mitch goes to jail, Harry takes over his shady liquor business and keeps the extra money for himself, leading to a deadly gunfight. When he's accused of murder, Harry begs his mother for protection and she frames Angel with the weapon out of a bizarrely obsessive love for her son. agney would go on to play other tough-guy characters with overly loving mothers in his next film, The Public Enemy ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi


Grant Withers
as Angel Harrigan
Evelyn Knapp
as Jennie Delano
James Cagney
as Harry Delano
Joan Blondell
as Myrtle
Lucille La Verne
as Ma Delano
Noel Madison
as Buck
Otto Hoffman
as George
Warren Hymer
as Mitch McKane
Purnell Pratt
as Sikes
Hank Mann
as Happy


Harvey Thew
George Rosener
Ira Morgan
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
James Gibbon
Perc Westmore