Sin of Nora Moran, The (1933): Phil Goldstone’s Pre-Code Murder Melodrama

Phil Goldstone directed the murder melodrama The Sin of Nora Moran (aka Voice from the Grave).

Nora Moran (Zita Johann), a young woman with a tragic past, is sentenced to die for a murder that she did not commit.

She could easily reveal the truth and save her own life, but she refuses fearing it would damage the lives, careers and reputations of those around her.

Nora stubbornly claims that it’s her fate and destiny to die.

The tale has an interesting structure with smooth flashbacks and voice-over narration, efficiently conveyed in a brief running time of 65 minutes.

Spoiler Alert

The ending reveals the real killer, who commits suicide.

The Sin of Nora Moran
The Sin of Nora Moran FilmPoster.jpg

Theatrical release poster, based on
Artwork by Alberto Vargas

Zita Johann as Nora Moran
John Miljan as Paulino
Alan Dinehart as District Attorney John Grant
Paul Cavanagh as Governor Dick Crawford
Claire Du Brey as Mrs. Edith Crawford
Sarah Padden as Mrs. Watts
Henry B. Walthall as Father Ryan

Directed by Phil Goldstone
Produced by Larry Darmour (executive producer) Phil Goldstone (producer)
Written by W. Maxwell Goodhue (story “Burnt Offering”) and W. Maxwell Goodhue (screenplay) and Frances Hyland (screenplay)
Music by Heinz Roemheld
Cinematography: Ira H. Morgan
Edited by Otis Garrett
Distributed by Majestic Pictures

Running time: 65 minutes


TCM showed the movie on May 3, 2020.