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The Virtuous Sin (1930)

Marya is the wife of medical student Victor Sablin, who finds it impossible to deal with military life when he is inducted into the Russian army during World War I.

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Martin Brown (screenplay), Louise Long (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Walter Huston ... Gen. Gregori Platoff
Kay Francis ... Marya Ivanova Sablin
Kenneth MacKenna ... Lt. Victor Sablin
Jobyna Howland ... Alexandra Stroganov
Paul Cavanagh ... Capt. Orloff
Eric Kalkhurst Eric Kalkhurst ... Lt. Glinka
Oscar Apfel ... Maj. Ivanoff
Gordon McLeod Gordon McLeod ... Col. Nikitin
Youcca Troubetzkov ... Capt. Sobakin
Victor Potel ... Sentry
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Marya is the wife of medical student Victor Sablin, who finds it impossible to deal with military life when he is inducted into the Russian army during World War I.

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To her love meant disaster...yet she had the courage to love! (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York NY)) 23 October 1930)

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1930 (USA) See more »

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Cast Iron See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Alternate-language version of Generalen (1931) See more »

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"To be loyal I had to be disloyal."
25 November 2010 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Marya (Kay Francis) gets friendly with Gen. Platoff (Walter Huston) in order to save her husband Victor (Kenneth MacKenna) from being executed. This involves sleeping with him. The outcome may not be what you expect.

This is an enjoyable film although it drags in parts and is quite stagey, eg, the characters sometimes deliver their lines facing the camera and each scene fades out before we start the following scene. Kenneth MacKenna is a real arse-hole in this film twatting on about his own personal honour. Kay Francis has become a slag to save his life and the prick just seems ungrateful. Thank goodness the film ends in the way that it does. I liked Walter Huston's character in the film - he is a tough general - and I felt sorry for him when he realized that he had been used by Kay Francis. I thought that he delivered the best line of the film in the battle scene where he grabs Victor back from going over the bunker to certain death. His command is "You're alive and you will please remain that way!"

The film keeps you guessing as to what Marya's tactic is going to be in order to secure Victor's release. In the end, it's nothing more than being a slut so it's slightly disappointing in terms of an exciting plot. Jobyna Howland has some funny moments as the brothel madam "Alexandra". Overall, the film is OK.


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