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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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Cass Wheeler
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Fred Geer
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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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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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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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

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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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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GREAT 1931 CLASSIC FILM!
7 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have never seen this film up until recently and was amazed at the great talent of Joan Crawford(Ivy "Bunny" Stevens) "Humoresque" '46 with John Garfield. Joan was very sexy and wore very revealing clothes for the early 1930's, her dancing and singing was unbelievable and she was so very pretty, slim and trim, not like the real "Mommie Dearest" character her daughter told us about. Clark Gable (Carl Loomis),"Gone With the Wind"'39 was Ivy's prince charming as a Salvation Army convert and when she appears in the park with her beautiful white dress, you just knew there was going to be an immediate CONVERSION OF SOULS! Veteran actor, Roscoe Karns, (Gred Geer) played a great supporting role. This film is filled with surprises, even a little African American Boy stealing a bite from a girls doughnut tore me up, there is many deep soul searching messages in this film and LOTS OF LAUGHTER and one attempted jump off a bridge. ENJOY!


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