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Half A Sinner (2007)

Heather Angel , Al Christie  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Heather Angel
  • Directors: Al Christie
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MV9O86
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,287 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A young woman finds trouble when she steals a car that contains the corpse of a murdered gangster.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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"Has he been murdered?" -- Anne

"Well, that'd be my guess. When people die naturally you seldom find them wrapped up in the back seat of a car." -- Larry

A light and breezy tone similar to "Borderline" makes this Universal "B" crime film very enjoyable. "Bulldog Drummond's" Heather Angel finally gets a lead role and sparkles as a schoolteacher trying to breathe a little life into her life and falling into cime and romance in the process.

Anne Gladdes (Heather Angel) lets her hair down and takes her glasses off to put some zip into her life away from the classroom. When she jumps into a car to avoid a sleazy pick-up on a park bench, however, she is in for more adventure than she'd had in mind. The car she sort of steals is already stolen, and there's a stiff riding in the back seat. Larry Cameron (John KIng) has reported his car stolen, so the cops are on the prowl and the gangsters want it back even worse.

It's fun and exciting for Anne, who's never had much happen in her life until now. She remains oblivious to the real danger involved until the stranded motorist she picks up discovers the body. Larry is shady in a harmless way and the two have both fun and romance while on the run from the cops and gangsters. Dalton Trumbo's screenplay walks the highwire between crime and humor deftly in this terrific little "B".

Constance Collier offers fine support as the plucky Mrs. Breckenbridge, whose legal juice will come in handy near the end. A sweet closing and a cute performance by Heather Angel make this one a delightful find for "B" fans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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"Has he been murdered?" -- Anne

"Well, that'd be my guess. When people die naturally you seldom find them wrapped up in the back seat of a car." -- Larry

A light and breezy tone similar to "Borderline" makes this Universal "B" crime film very enjoyable. "Bulldog Drummond's" Heather Angel finally gets a lead role and sparkles as a schoolteacher trying to breathe a little life into her life and falling into cime and romance in the process.

Anne Gladdes (Heather Angel) lets her hair down and takes her glasses off to put some zip into her life away from the classroom. When she jumps into a car to avoid a sleazy pick-up on a park bench, however, she is in for more adventure than she'd had in mind. The car she sort of steals is already stolen, and there's a stiff riding in the back seat. Larry Cameron (John KIng) has reported his car stolen, so the cops are on the prowl and the gangsters want it back even worse.

It's fun and exciting for Anne, who's never had much happen in her life until now. She remains oblivious to the real danger involved until the stranded motorist she picks up discovers the body. Larry is shady in a harmless way and the two have both fun and romance while on the run from the cops and gangsters. Dalton Trumbo's screenplay walks the highwire between crime and humor deftly in this terrific little "B".

Constance Collier offers fine support as the plucky Mrs. Breckenbridge, whose legal juice will come in handy near the end. A sweet closing and a cute performance by Heather Angel make this one a delightful find for "B" fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lots of fun, very dated February 10, 2013
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I enjoy REALLY OLD movies for their simplicity and joy. This is a great easy movie to watch and enjoy for its period costume, style, and enthusiasm.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! January 12, 2014
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I love the old movies. This is a delightful mix of comedy & drama. Heather Angel never became a super star, but she could hold her own with the Carole Lombard types of that era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Madcap and delightful! January 20, 2014
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This movie was such a lot of fun! I happened onto it while looking for "oldies but goodies" on Amazon Prime. This one surely did not disappoint! Lots of laughs! The story is hectic and madcap...and a bit improbable. But who cares if it could "really" happen? It's just FUN! Heather Angel is delightful and all the other characters are real...well...characters! I'll watch this again any time I need a bit of laugh out loud, real entertainment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "You're a strange sort of crook." June 19, 2014
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Schoolteacher Anne Gladden (Heather Angel) is bespectacled and prim and proper and, oh dear, dowdy. In class one day, Anne is clobbered with an epiphany - that she's 25 and going older every day and hasn't lived life and faces dreary days ahead as a lonesome spinster. So there's Anne Gladden in a tizzy, purchasing a swell dress - and she glams up pretty great! - and reserving the day after as her one day of glorious freedom. Off she goes to start some sh--.

The Pennsylvania police have issued an all points bulletin for a stolen limousine - the model, a Stephens Knight, licence plate #M812124, in case you want to help out. Meanwhile, them goons what "reappropriated" the limo are sweatin' buckets because 1) they'd stashed a corpse in the back, and 2) the overcoat they'd covered the corpse with could incriminate their boss, and 3) the car they'd stolen just got stolen from under their noses.

And what compelled our schoolteacher to drive off in the Stephens Knight? It's somethin' to do with that gunsel Lothario on the make, and the car he was guarding was Anne's fastest, most direct way to shake him. So, now, pistol-packing goons after her, the local constabulary after her. In only one day, our belatedly adventurous Anne becomes Public Enemy #1 in the state of Pennsylvania.

1940's Half a Sinner (a.k.a. Everything Happens to Annie) speeds along with its one hour running time. And you're missing out on a good thing if you haven't yet seen it. It's a diverting screwball comedy that hijacks elements of the chase film and the whodunit. Motoring along in her swiped limo Anne obeys the courtesy of the road and picks up a stranded gent (John King) whose car had broken down, and from that moment on the screwball comedy transitions into a screwball romantic comedy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An old fashioned love story
This was a really good movie. Very simple but very old fashioned and nice to watch.I really enjoyed it. Super!
Published 1 month ago by Laurel Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Movie to Watch
What a nice little gem of a an old movie! When I first started watching, I have to admit that I thought it was going to be the same old plot, but it quickly evolved into a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cyn K
4.0 out of 5 stars It's cute.
It's cute and very old. Story of good people getting into trouble, but triumphing in the end. I will watch it again sometime!
Published 2 months ago by EinDM
4.0 out of 5 stars screwball comedy meets murder victim
Typical of the 30's-40's treatment of the genre but better done than many, this film has the usual innocent (here, a young woman), breaking the mold of her staid and chaste life,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by booker d
4.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable weekday evening movie
well-paced, upbeat and tasteful. some basic clichés of the period, like the idea that men don't make passes at girls who wear glasses, but nothing really offensive.
Published 3 months ago by Moon Glough
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful romp
On a day off, a teacher decides to spend a day as she pleases "and darn the consequences!" The day begins with clothing that is pretty rather than practical and a pleasant... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sarah Mahoney
3.0 out of 5 stars The Witch of the "Wizard of Oz" Is In It
Did anybody recognize Margaret Hamilton at the beginning? She played the Wicked Witch of the West in "The Wizard of Oz"
Published 4 months ago by judyd
1.0 out of 5 stars cheesy
I decided to give this a shot based on the reviews. I kept waiting for it to get better. It never did. Too unrealistic and cheesy for me.
Published 4 months ago by Kelso
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for the plot
Acting and plot isn't bad for this old movie in comparison with peer movies of the time. Nice mixture of comedy and mystery plus reasonably good acting. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Movie Man
5.0 out of 5 stars They SHOULD make 'em like this AGAIN!
These actors and actresses are the greattest, and so likable! If you are lonely, watch this movie, and you will feel like you've just gained several new best friiends! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Terie J. Carney
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