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The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  28 May 1932 (USA)
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Molly Louvain
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Scotty Cornell
Richard Cromwell ...
Jimmy Cook
Guy Kibbee ...
Pop - a Policeman
Leslie Fenton ...
Nicky Grant
Frank McHugh ...
Skeets - a Reporter
Evalyn Knapp ...
Doris
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Captain Slade
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Dance Hall Girl
Thomas E. Jackson ...
Police Sergeant (as Thomas Jackson)
C. Henry Gordon ...
Detective Martin
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28 May 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Tinsel Lady  »

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Trivia

Although the play, "Tinsel Girl" by Maurine Dallas Watkins was unpublished, it was copyrighted on 16 October 1931. See more »

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The title character's name is misspelled "Molly Louvaine" in a newspaper headline. See more »

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Scotty Cornell: Takes practice to live with a bullet in your heart.
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Soundtracks

When We're Alone (Penthouse Serenade)
(1931) (uncredited)
Written by Val Burton and Will Jason
Played during the opening credits and at the end
Played on piano, hummed and partially sung by Ann Dvorak
Played on the radio and at the dance hall
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Pre-Code, and how!
9 March 2012 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Fast little Warners item, from a play by Maurine Watkins--who wrote the source material for "Chicago," and this hard-boiled B is very much cut from the same cloth, with big-city corruption, tough-talking dames, and vice not always unrewarded. Ann Dvorak, always good in this sort of part, is the girl from the wrong side of the tracks whose attempts to crash high society are thwarted, and ends up a fugitive, for reasons she's not quite guilty and not quite innocent of. She's also an unwed mom, and not entirely an unsympathetic one, this being a year before they started fully enforcing the Production Code. Lee Tracy plays, as he was born to play, a fast-talking, fast-thinking newspaperman, and watching him at his peak is sort of like watching Cagney--he's so lively he's impossible not to like, even playing a reprobate like this. The story doesn't quite hang together: If Molly was really abandoned by her mom at seven, as she states early on, she's only 16 at the start of the film, which makes no sense at all. And while nobody, not even Tracy, is able to recognize the peroxide version of Molly as the same on-the-lam gal in the picture they have of her, her infant daughter does, at once. The tone's uneven, too, veering between melodrama and uneasy comedy. But Dvorak and Tracy are so watchable, and the supporting cast (Richard Cromwell, Guy Kibbee, Frank McHugh) so quintessential early-'30s Warners, it's a fine time-waster.


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