GenreDrama, Romance ScreenplayJane Murfin CountryUnited States
Release dateSeptember 26, 1933 (1933-09-26) (New York City) Based onnovel Ann Vickers
by Sinclair Lewis WriterJane Murfin (screenplay), Sinclair Lewis (novel) CastIrene Dunne (Ann Vickers), Walter Huston (Barney Dolphin), Conrad Nagel (Lindsay Atwell), Bruce Cabot (Captain Lafe Resnick), Edna May Oliver (Malvina Wormser), Sam Hardy (Russell Spaulding) Similar moviesLawless, The Last Temptation of Christ, Less Than Zero, The Power and the Glory, The Buddy Holly Story, Heaven's Bookstore
Ann Vickers is a 1933 American Pre-Code romantic drama, starring Irene Dunne and Walter Huston. It is based on the novel of the same name by Sinclair Lewis.
After a military officer (Bruce Cabot) gets Ann Vickers (Irene Dunne) pregnant and leaves her, her baby dies during birth. Feeling stunned, Ann devotes herself to social work, taking a job in a women's prison. However, when she tries to improve the conditions there, she loses her job. She instead writes a book about the harsh realities of the prison and begins a romance with a married judge, Barney Dolphin (Walter Huston). This helps her career but frustrates her wish for a family.
Irene Dunne as Ann Vickers
Walter Huston as Barney Dolphin
Conrad Nagel as Lindsey Atwell
Bruce Cabot as Captain Resnick
Edna May Oliver as Malvina Wormser
Sam Hardy as Russell Spaulding
Mitchell Lewis as Captain Waldo
Murray Kinnell as Dr. Slenk
Helen Eby-Rock as Kitty Cognac
Gertrude Michael as Mona Dolphin
J. Carrol Naish as Dr. Sorelle (as J. Carroll Naish)
Sarah Padden as Lil
Reginald Barlow as Chaplain
Rafaela Ottiano as Mrs. Feldermans (as Rafaella Ottiano)
In the novel, Ann Vickers is a birth control advocate and reformer who has an extramarital affair. The screenplay for the 1933 film was approved by the Production Code only when RKO Radio Pictures agreed to make Vickers an unmarried woman at the time of her affair, thus eliminating the issue of adultery.
The reaction of leading American Roman Catholics to the content in this film and The Sign of the Cross led to the formation in 1934 of the Catholic Legion of Decency, an organization dedicated to identifying and combating what it viewed as objectionable content in films, usually by threatening a boycott.