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Actors And Sin: Actor's Blood, Woman of Sin [Import]

Edward G. Robinson , Eddie Albert , Ben Hecht;Lee Garmes    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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By J. Lovins TOP 50 REVIEWER
VCI Entertainment and Kit Parker Films presents "ACTORS & SIN" (29 May 1952) (82 mins/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- Two films back to back, almost like a play with different acts and sequences with a good cast in both --- The film quality is exceptional from the original negative and digitally remastered.

First up we have "ACTOR'S BLOOD", which has a wonderful cast Robinson (washed up actor who is Hunt's father), Hunt (upcoming star who is about to take on Broadway) and O'Herlihy (Hunt's play write husband) all three give over the top performances, but Robinson takes it to the limit.

Second film is "WOMAN OF SIN", seldom seen film has Eddie Albert (Hollywood agent with no scruples) and he plays it to the hilt,with Alan Reed (head of Empire Pictures) thinks the script is the best he's read since "Gone With The Wind", but there's a catch, it was written by a nine year old Jenny Hecht --- Albert and Reed steal the picture with their cat and mouse antics in negotiating a figure for the screenplay --- Special footnote, Alan Reed was the voice of Fred Flintstone (animated cartoon show), created the phrase "Yabba Dabba Doo".

Under the production staff of:
Lee Garmes (Director)
Ben Hecht (Director, Screenwriter, Producer)
George Antheil - (Original Music)
Lee Garmes - (Cinematographer)
Otto Ludwig (Film Editor)

SPECIAL FEATURES:
1. Video Interview with Marsha Hunt by Joel Blumberg.
2. Original Theatrical Trailer
3. Before and After Restoration Example

the cast includes:
"ACTOR'S BLOOD"
Edward G. Robinson ... Maurice Tillayou
Marsha Hunt ... Marcia Tillayou
Dan O'Herlihy ... Alfred O'Shea / Narrator
"WOMAN OF SIN"
Eddie Albert ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for Marsha! Dec 7 2009
By Louis A. Mari - Published on Amazon.com
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I give this restored rare vignette 5 stars primarily because of magnificent Marsha Hunt--not just because she stars in the first story with the great Edward G. Robinson, but because she "sparkles" in the special interview at the end of the CD. Marsha is one of Hollywood's most endearing actresses of the Golden Age. She remains vivacious, charming and eager to share glorious anecdotes from her fantastic career in cinema. She is radiantly beautiful at 92 years of age, and her vivid recall of days past and the legendary performers she knew is awesome. Always modest concerning her own tremendous accomplishments, she lavishes praise on those who served Hollywood so well at its zenith. Marsha continues to be active in all sorts of entertainment and is a sterling example of dedication to professionalism without sacrificing principle.
Marsha's interview alone is well worth the price of this CD, but the unique nature of the format in this dual film treat and rare perfomances of its stars make for a most rewarding view into cinema-making history. A "light weight" production it is, but yet a ground-breaking piece of entertainment in its own right. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in vignette film making and, of course anyone who loves Marsha Hunt.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Children and Art Aug. 14 2009
By Randy Buck - Published on Amazon.com
The invaluable Kit Parker Films brings us another loving restoration of a "lost film" for DVD, this time a Ben Hecht picture that had long fallen through the cracks. ACTORS AND SIN, from 1952, is one of those episodic movies Hollywood and the British film industry loved for a while -- two or more short anecdotes strung together, sometimes with only the flimsiest of connections. Here, the relation's show biz, with the opener, "Actor's Blood," dealing with the Broadway theatre scene, while the second tale, "Woman of Sin," lampoons Hollywood. Both employ absolutely the ripest of language from Hecht, to differing effect. The former, with Edward G. Robinson and a miscast Marsha Hunt, both in there pitching as the hammiest of thespians and his dipso, nympho daughter, is overripe to a fault; bright, talented actors can't save this one from an obvious, melodramatic story and cheap production values. The second, though, is a treat. Hecht knows the territory of Hollywood screenwriters inside out, and his wicked tale of the chaos that ensues when the author of the latest studio historical sex epic proves to be a nine-year-old girl is a riot. Hecht's daughter, Jenny, is hysterical as Millicent Egelhofer, she of the nom de plume "Daisy Marcher," the pint-sized penwoman with the raspy delivery and precocious talent. Eddie Albert, Tracey Roberts, and Alan Reed contribute to the fun, but this one's Jenny's show all the way. She knocks her father's zingers out of the park with the greatest of ease, and provides one of the all-time great comic fade-outs in Hollywood history. Easy to see how this picture vanished for decades; now that it's found, though, anyone who loves a good laugh at vintage Tinseltown excesses should jump while it's still available.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay low budget film - the highlight is the Interview with Marsha Hunt Aug. 24 2009
By Steve Ramm - Published on Amazon.com
Okay low budget film - the highlight is the Interview with Marsha Hunt

Talk about an obscure film from the 1950s - with an all-star cast - which nearly no one has heard of! This two-for-the-price of one film was a vanity project for playwright Ben Hecht. It was filmed over 5 days on a shoestring budget and was produced, written AND directed by Hecht and the second half features his child actor daughter! (Bet he didn't have to pay her much!). The cast consists of A-list actors (Edward G. Robinson, Marsha Hunt - in the years before the blacklist ended her career - and Eddie Albert) doing B-list acting. Albert is one of the few that isn't overacting more than he should. Jenny Hecht began and ended her film career with this movie.

The black and white 82 film has been restored and the image is sharp and clear.

The real reason to get this DVD IMHO is for the "bonus feature" : A new 30 minute interview with Marsha Hunt in which she discusses her career, blacklisting, working with actors like Robinson, her involvement with the United Nations and even her new career as a record producer at age 92! The interviewer - Joel Blumberg knows his film history and draws out the utterly charming Hunt. You won't want the interview to end. I found it more interesting to watch the interview before seeing the film. Hunt gives you some things to look for. You probably won't watch the film more than once though.

Thanks to VCI for putting together this nice package.

Steve Ramm
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5.0 out of 5 stars ACTORS & SIN!!!!! Oct. 15 2011
By larryj1 - Published on Amazon.com
A great fim from the 50's that has been restored nicely. The interview with Marsha Hunt is exceptional. She is a wealth of knowledge about old Hollywood and could be listened to for hours.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Two different films from Ben Hecht who has done it all" Aug. 15 2009
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
VCI Entertainment and Kit Parker Films presents "ACTORS & SIN" (29 May 1952) (82 mins/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- Two films back to back, almost like a play with different acts and sequences with a good cast in both --- The film quality is exceptional from the original negative and digitally remastered.

First up we have "ACTOR'S BLOOD", which has a wonderful cast Robinson (washed up actor who is Hunt's father), Hunt (upcoming star who is about to take on Broadway) and O'Herlihy (Hunt's play write husband) all three give over the top performances, but Robinson takes it to the limit.

Second film is "WOMAN OF SIN", seldom seen film has Eddie Albert (Hollywood agent with no scruples) and he plays it to the hilt,with Alan Reed (head of Empire Pictures) thinks the script is the best he's read since "Gone With The Wind", but there's a catch, it was written by a nine year old Jenny Hecht --- Albert and Reed steal the picture with their cat and mouse antics in negotiating a figure for the screenplay --- Special footnote, Alan Reed was the voice of Fred Flintstone (animated cartoon show), created the phrase "Yabba Dabba Doo".

Under the production staff of:
Lee Garmes (Director)
Ben Hecht (Director, Screenwriter, Producer)
George Antheil - (Original Music)
Lee Garmes - (Cinematographer)
Otto Ludwig (Film Editor)

SPECIAL FEATURES:
1. Video Interview with Marsha Hunt by Joel Blumberg.
2. Original Theatrical Trailer
3. Before and After Restoration Example

the cast includes:
"ACTOR'S BLOOD"
Edward G. Robinson ... Maurice Tillayou
Marsha Hunt ... Marcia Tillayou
Dan O'Herlihy ... Alfred O'Shea / Narrator
"WOMAN OF SIN"
Eddie Albert ... Orlando Higgens
Alan Reed ... Jerome (J.B.) Cobb
Tracey Roberts ... Miss Flanagan
Jenny Hecht ... Millicent Egelhofer aka Daisy Marcher

BIOS:
1. Edward G. Robinson (aka: Emmanuel Goldenberg)
Date of Birth: 12 December 1893 - Bucharest, Romania
Date of Death: 26 January 1973 - Hollywood, California

2. Marsha Hunt (aka: Marcia Virginia Hunt)
Date of Birth: 17 October 1917 - Chicago, Illinois
Date of Death: Still Living

3. Dan O'Herlihy
Date of Birth: 1 May 1919 - Wexford, Ireland
Date of Death: 17 February 2005 - Malibu, California

4. Eddie Albert (aka: Edward Albert Heimberger)
Date of Birth: 22 April 1906 - Rock Island, Illinois
Date of Death: 26 May 2005 - Pacific Palisades, California

5. Alan Reed (aka: Edward Bergman)
Date of Birth: 20 August 1907 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 14 June 1977 - Los Angeles, California

6. Tracey Roberts (aka: Blanche Goldstone)
Date of Birth: 2 December 1914 - Little Falls, New York
Date of Death: 8 February 2002 - Los Angeles, California

7. Jenny Hecht (Daughter of screen writers Ben Hecht and Rose Caylor)
Date of Birth: 30 July 1943 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 25 March 1971 - North Hollywood, California (drug overdose)

8. Ben Hecht (Director, Screenwriter, Producer)
Date of Birth: 28 February 1894 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 18 April 1964 - New York City, New York

9. Lee Garmes (Director)
Date of Birth: 27 May 1898 - Peoria, Illinois
Date of Death: 31 August 1978 - Los Angeles, California

Two films from Ben Hecht, one a drama and the other a screwball comedy --- Not Academy Award material but entertaining that keeps you guessing until the final scenes of a whodunit with surprising complications as the stories unfold --- Wonderful interview with Marsha Hunt who is in her nineties explaining some of the ins and outs of Hollywood during her years at Paramount and MGM Studios, she looks great and amazing recall, hope we all look that good when our time comes --- Pick this one up while you can, another lost film that has surfaced.

Total Time: 82 mins on DVD ~ VCI Entertainment KPF #605 ~ (08/04/2009)
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