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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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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 <>

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Release Date:

30 May 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Complete Surrender  »

Box Office


$338,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Ivy 'Bunny' Stevens: [to Carl walking away] Oh, and thanks for saving my life. I'll drop a quarter in your tambourine some time.
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Featured in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »


Oh, My Sombrero
(Cielito Lindo) (uncredited)
Written by Quirino Mendoza
Sung by Joan Crawford
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Crawford, Gable, and Screen Chemistry
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One of those movies about fallen women who reform that were common in pre-Code Hollywood, LAUGHING SINNERS, also known as COMPLETE SURRENDER, comes less as a movie of quality as standard fare that features the two leads, Crawford and Gable -- she already a star, he a rising actor -- coming together and making early music to the viewer's eyes. Before Hepburn and Tracy, these were the ones the public wanted to see together even if the movie in itself was less than memorable, and MGM gave it to them 8 times.

Also a feature where one can get to see Crawford dance, sing, and indirectly, essay what would become a breakout role in RAIN only a year later.

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