The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932)

Not Rated  |   |  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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Complete credited cast:
Scotty Cornell
Richard Cromwell ...
Jimmy Cook
Pop - a Policeman
Leslie Fenton ...
Nicky Grant
Evalyn Knapp ...
Captain Slade
Dance Hall Girl
Thomas E. Jackson ...
Police Sergeant (as Thomas Jackson)
C. Henry Gordon ...
Detective Martin


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)  »

Also Known As:

The Tinsel Lady  »

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


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


Scotty Cornell: Takes practice to live with a bullet in your heart.
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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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What was Warner Bros. drinking?
22 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Whatever it was, it's too bad there doesn't seem to be any of it left. Warner Bros. pre-code was like a renaissance atelier - genius in the air, tons of talent on hand, cranking out, if not masterpieces, some unforgettable confections. Tons of bit part players in this one, it's as though they couldn't let anyone just walk on and act, the scene had to be chewed through. This sometimes seems distracting when you're caught up in the story, which, as with "Three on a Match," uses the threatened child to keep you in suspense. But with Lee Tracy and Ann D., plus all these superb faces and shticks, can anyone really complain? Worthwhile to think about why this Warner Bros. vision of life seems to get tremendous lift from exploiting a certain idea of the US press, never better represented than by Tracy - at least until Grant in "His Girl Friday."

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