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Laughing Sinners (1931)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  30 May 1931 (USA)
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Cabaret performer Ivy Stevens in an affair with a low-rent traveling salesman is dumped in a 'Dear Jane' letter and finds solace in joining the Salvation Army.

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Cast

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Ivy 'Bunny' Stevens
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Howard 'Howdy' Palmer
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Carl Loomis
Marjorie Rambeau ...
Ruby
Guy Kibbee ...
Cass Wheeler
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Mike
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Fred Geer
Gertrude Short ...
Edna
George Cooper ...
Joe
George F. Marion ...
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Storyline

Cafe entertainer Ivy Stevens falls for sleazy salesman Howard Palmer and jumps from a bridge when he dumps her. Saved by Salvation Army officer Carl, Ivy reforms and joins the Army. When she runs into Palmer she falls for him all over again. Carl beats up Palmer and gives a speech to Ivy which induces her to return to the Army and to Carl. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Release Date:

30 May 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Complete Surrender  »

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$338,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Kenyon Nicholson's play, "Torch Song," opened on 27 August 1930 on Broadway in New York City. Guy Kibbee originated the role of Cass Wheeler in that production. See more »

Quotes

Carl Loomis: [to Ivy] If you love him, and you want to go back to him, I'm not the one to set myself up as a guide. I just want you to be happy - whatever you do - but if you're going back because of what you've done, you don't need to, Ivy. We all stumble. All we can do is pick ourselves up again and go on and on and on until we find ourselves through our own mistakes. It won't make any difference to me, Ivy. I want you to know that...
[He turns to go but stops]
Carl Loomis: I guess you know where I'll be if you want me.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Joan Crawford (1962) See more »

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What Can I Do? I Love That Man
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Written by Martin Broones
Sung by Joan Crawford at the cabaret
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Joan sings and does the `farmer dance'
25 August 2002 | by (Corrales, NM) – See all my reviews

Interesting early talkie with Joan as a laughing sinner who is then cast aside by her love interest and saved by Clark Gable and the Salvation Army. Having seen Cary Grant previously as a temperance league type (`She Done Him Wrong'), I was able to accept Gable in this same role. Good moral messages as we see how traveling men use `loose' women in small towns and the good that is done by organizations like the Salvation Army.

Aside from that, the best part of the movie is watching Joan dance made up to look like a farmer – with a long noses and a long goatee. She sings and dances as well as anyone. Of course switching later into Adrian-designed gowns makes for an interesting contrast. Early in the movie, there is a great facial shot of Joan as she anticipates meeting her boyfriend upstairs in the cabaret. This is a good story and makes for a pleasant hour and a quarter entertainment. Recommended.


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