A young woman's financial problems continue through a troubled marriage to a gambler.



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Complete credited cast:
Winnie Lightner ...
Georgine Hicks
Wallace 'Wally' Dennis
'Finky' Finkelwald
Martie Happ
Edward Van Sloan ...
Moffatt, the Boss
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wedding Girl (scenes deleted)
Betty Farrington ...
Mrs. Braddock (scenes deleted)
Willie (scenes deleted)
Dance Hall Plumber (scenes deleted)
Harold Waldridge ...
Messenger (scenes deleted)


'Bus' Green works hard at her department but dreams of a better life. She falls hard for fast talking gambler Wally who showers her with gifts. They fight, she tosses him out but learns she's pregnant. Bus leans on her best friend Georgine. Written by rharlan58

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12 March 1932 (USA)  »

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Love on a Budget  »

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The $305 hospital bill Bus worries about would be the equivalent of $5,326 in 2016. See more »


Near the start of the film there are brief glimpses of various store departments. In the plumbing department, Winnie Lightner is in the background perched on a sink. That makes no sense, as it is only later on in the story that her character is reassigned from hardware to plumbing. (One publicity still for the film is a close-up of Winnie on the sink, but there is no such scene in the movie. Probably a sequence involving Winnie in the plumbing department was deleted, but then Warners decided to use that opening shot figuring nobody would notice Winnie in the background.) See more »


Buster 'Bus' Green Dennis: Are you going?
Wallace 'Wally' Dennis: Yeah, I hate to; but, I got to see this bird on business. Hey, here's some dough. Do some shopping, will ya?
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Singin' in the Bathtub
Music by Michael Cleary
Played when Georgine is doing her washing in the tub
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Loretta the lovely
25 November 2007 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

The title is meaningless, the story just as pointless, and whatever interest there is to be derived from this girl-loves-gambler weepie comes from the delicate beauty of Loretta Young. The film is a feast for the eyes (with nary a morsel of food for thought) as masterly cinematographer Gregg Toland captures the poetry of Young's huge, soulful peepers and full promising lips with one lovestruck close-up after another. The following year's "Zoo in Budapest" and "Man's Castle" would cement her position as the Depression's most desirable waif, the pin-up girl of the bread lines. With the barrelhouse comedienne Winnie Lightner as her wisecracking pal and Guy Kibbee, criminally wasted as Lightner's swain.

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