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Kenyon Nicholson (play)
Bess Meredyth (continuity)
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Release Date:
30 May 1931 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Pre-Code Hollywood: Gangsters, Monsters, and Dames
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Joan sings and does the `farmer dance' See more (27 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Crawford ... Ivy 'Bunny' Stevens

Neil Hamilton ... Howard 'Howdy' Palmer

Clark Gable ... Carl Loomis

Marjorie Rambeau ... Ruby

Guy Kibbee ... Cass Wheeler

Cliff Edwards ... Mike

Roscoe Karns ... Fred Geer
Gertrude Short ... Edna

George Cooper ... Joe

George F. Marion ... Humpty

Bert Woodruff ... Tink
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Henry Armetta ... Tony (uncredited)
Jack Baxley ... Waiter (uncredited)

Clara Blandick ... Salvation Army Woman (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Poker-Playing Salesman (uncredited)

Tenen Holtz ... Poker-Playing Salesman (uncredited)

Mary Ann Jackson ... Betty (uncredited)

Karen Morley ... Estelle Seldon (photo in newspaper) (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Poker-Playing Salesman (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ... Man Boarding Train (uncredited)
Suzanne Wood ... Dowager (uncredited)

Directed by
Harry Beaumont 
Writing credits
Kenyon Nicholson (play "Torch Song")

Bess Meredyth (continuity)

Edith Fitzgerald (additional dialogue)

Martin Flavin  dialogue (uncredited)

Cinematography by
Charles Rosher 
George Gordon Nogle (uncredited)
Film Editing by
George Hively 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Ryan .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Charles E. Wallace .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
George Hommel .... still photographer (uncredited)
Harry Marble .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Roy Noble .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Other crew
Mosconi .... dance arranger
Crew verified as complete

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72 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
UK:A | UK:PG (video) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

Most of the film was shot with Johnny Mack Brown in the role of Carl when it was decided to drop this footage and reshoot it with Clark Gable.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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Onward Christian SoldiersSee more »


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Joan sings and does the `farmer dance', 25 August 2002
Author: Jim Tritten from Corrales, NM

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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