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The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  28 May 1932 (USA)
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Molly Louvain's plans for a respectable marriage with her sweetheart Jimmy fall through so she takes to the road with a two-bit crook and becomes wanted by the police in connection with a high-profile crime.

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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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Abandoned by her mother at a young age, Molly Louvain is seen as no good, but she dreams of living respectably with her sweetheart Jimmy, who has promised to marry her. When Molly arrives at Jimmy's house to finally meet his mother she is informed that both Jimmy and his mother have been called out-of-town suddenly and that the dinner has been canceled. Heartbroken and carrying Jimmy's unborn child, Molly takes to the road with Nicky Grant, a small-time crook from her past. A couple years pass and she leaves her daughter in the care of another woman. One night Jimmy and his college pals visit the dance hall where Molly works as a hostess. Jimmy and Molly are happy to see one another and catch up on old times. Drunk and jealous, Nicky orders Molly and Jimmy into a car he has stolen. When the police spot the car, Nicky fires some shots and runs into an alley, hitting an officer before being wounded himself. Molly drives off in the car with Jimmy. With a cop dead, the entire city is on ... Written by Jimmy L.

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28 May 1932 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Willard Robertson is in studio records in the role of Sergeant Murdock, but he was not seen in the movie. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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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Ann is the whole show
6 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The great Ann Dvorak wraps this up with her special brand of magic. It's really a shame she isn't more well known today. A lot of that seems to be because she didn't really have the ambition to stay on top after her initial burst of stardom which is a shame, she was always an arresting screen presence. Here as a woman more sinned against than sinner she is compelling and once she switches to platinum hair very striking. Her troubles are common ones faced in many pre-code dramas but she handles them with grit and skill. Her large expressive eyes tell volumes. Lee Tracy is abrasive but that was his usual persona so if your a fan he isn't bad, I've always found him an acquired taste. Efficiently directed by Curtiz this zips right along even if the ending is a bit of a letdown.


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