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Laughing Sinners (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 30 May 1931 (USA)
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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Howard 'Howdy' Palmer
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Carl Loomis
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Ruby
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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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Drama | Romance

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30 May 1931 (USA)  »

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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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This film did well at the box office, earning a profit of $156,000 ($2.48M in 2016) for MGM according to studio records. See more »

Quotes

Ruby: I'll try anything once!
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Joan Crawford (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Just Before the Battle, Mother
(1864) (uncredited)
Written by George Frederick Root
Sung by Roscoe Karns
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Salvation Army's lonely hearts club band
27 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

Clark Gable is particularly handsome in his Salvation Army uniform.He is very efficient when it comes to showing seduced girl Crawford the straight and narrow!And he must display lots and lots of patience ,indulgence and compassion for ,even after the marriage of her beau ,a smug buck,she's ready to fall in love again head over heels . Gable and Crawford singing canticles while delivering free meals to the needy.What a nice way to redeem your soul and to find true love!

What's really tragic is that these poor people are still looking for free meals in the soup kitchen ,be it the the Salvation Army or one of the other charitable organizations .In France ,in the organization I'm currently working for("Les Restos Du Coeur" ) ,the number of beneficiaries has increased by 15% in 2010-2011.


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