Charming Sinners (1929)


Charming Sinners (1929)

Based on the 1926 play 'The Constant Wife' by W. Somerset Maugham, this comedy takes a modern and amusing take on marriage and infidelity and gives a quick-witted, alternative view on how to deal with an extramarital affair and has a surprising feminist and forward outcome.
IMDb  6.2 /10
Director Robert Milton
Writer W. Somerset Maugham
Writer Doris Anderson
Release Date1929-08-17
Runtime1h 6mins
Content Rating
CompanyParamount Pictures
Kathryn Miles
Robert Miles
Anne-Marie Whitley
George Whitley
Juliette Crosby
Juliette Crosby
Lorraine MacLean
Lorraine MacLean

Charming Sinners

Charming Sinners is a 1929 American pre-Code comedy film directed by Robert Milton and written by W. Somerset Maugham and Doris Anderson. The film stars Ruth Chatterton, Clive Brook, Mary Nolan, William Powell, Laura Hope Crews and Florence Eldridge. The film was released on August 17, 1929, by Paramount Pictures. It is an adaptation of the 1926 play The Constant Wife by W. Somerset Maugham.

It has been described as a "splendid example of the early talkie period" with use of static camera and dialogue-heavy scenes.


In London, aware of her husband's longstanding affair and feeling neglected, Kathryn Miles flirts with a former flame in a plot to teach her husband a lesson without endangering their marriage.


  • Ruth Chatterton as Kathryn Miles
  • Clive Brook as Robert Miles
  • Mary Nolan as Anne-Marie Whitley
  • William Powell as Karl Kraley
  • Laura Hope Crews as Mrs. Carr
  • Florence Eldridge as Helen Carr
  • Montagu Love as George Whitley
  • Juliette Crosby as Margaret
  • Lorraine MacLean as Alice
  • Claud Allister as Gregson