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The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 28 May 1932 (USA)
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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(play) (as Maurine Watkins), (adaptation) (as Erwin Gelsey) | 1 more credit »
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Scotty Cornell
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Jimmy Cook
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Doris
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Captain Slade
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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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Crime | Drama | Romance

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28 May 1932 (USA)  »

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The Tinsel Lady  »

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One of two 1932 films that starred Ann Dvorak and Lee Tracy. 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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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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