Actors & Sin

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Actors & Sin

Post by Bruce R on Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:29 pm

Two movies for the price of one? Yes, with the 1952 ACTORS & SIN.  The ACTORS part of the film stars Edward G. Robinson and Marsha Hunt.  SIN stars Eddie Albert, Tracey Roberts and Jenny Hecht.

Part One, "Actor's Blood", is based on a Ben Hecht tale of theatrical intrigue. Edward G. Robinson plays a Barrymoresque Shakespearean actor who never really made it in acting but is living through his daughter (Hunt) who has one major success followed by a years-long fall from grace. Robinson is in total denial of his daughters "talents" and this leads to a very interesting end to this story.

Part Two, "Woman of Sin", is another Ben Hecht story. Eddie Albert stars as a Hollywood agent who is not against playing all the angles and is convinced he is surrounded by crooks and incompetents.  The action revolves around a sensationally sexy screenplay entitled Woman of Sin--written by a precocious 9-year old girl (played by Jenny Hecht, Ben Hecht's real life daughter).  In what might be the most over-the-top performance in film history, she detracts from what could have been a better film.  Sadly, in real life, she died at the age of 27, either a suicide or accidental drug overdose.

The film rates a 5.6 on IMDb.  Part One is worth a view and possibly Part Two just to see how bad things can get.

Available commercially via VCI Entertainment.

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