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Virtue (1932)

 -  Drama  -  25 October 1932 (USA)
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A relationship gradually develops between a savvy New York street girl and a good-hearted cab driver--who first meet when she stiffs him for the fare--but other matters keep getting in their way, including financial problems and a murder.

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Mae
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Shirley Grey ...
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Jack La Rue ...
Willard Robertson ...
Detective MacKenzie
Lew Kelly ...
Magistrate (scenes deleted)
Fred Santley ...
Hank (scenes deleted)
Arthur Wanzer ...
Flanagan
Jessie Arnold ...
Landlady
Edwin Stanley ...
District Attorney
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A relationship gradually develops between a savvy New York street girl and a good-hearted cab driver--who first meet when she stiffs him for the fare--but other matters keep getting in their way, including financial problems and a murder.

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In her Life of Vice She Scoffed at....VIRTUE See more »

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25 October 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Unbescholten  »

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Trivia

One of the last films to feature prostitution as a major theme before the rigid enforcement of the Hayes Code. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Flanagan: [at the ticket window at a train station] Pretty soft for you, sister, getting the city to pay your fare to Danbury.
Mae: Pretty soft for the city I don't live in Australia. C'mon, grandpa.
Flanagan: [on the train, placing Mae's luggage on the rack] There y'are.
[to the conductor]
Flanagan: The lady goes to Danbury, chief.
[to Mae]
Flanagan: Now take my advice, sister, and keep out of New York.
Mae: [snidely] OK, grandpa. I'll remember all your advice: I'll watch my diet, go to the dentist twice a year, keep my nose clean, ...
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Carole Lombard (1961) See more »

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My Gal Sal
(1905) (uncredited)
Written by Paul Dresser
Played on a phonograph in Lil's room, twice
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28 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Virtue (1932)

*** (out of 4)

Pat O'Brien plays a soft hearted taxi driver who thinks he knows all there is to know about women but that changes when he meets a prostitute (Carole Lombard). At first he doesn't know her history but that changes after they're married and soon after more problems start popping up. This is a pretty good little drama that manages to have several good performances and a nice story to go along with it. Lombard is very sexy in her role and delivers a fine, tough performance but it's actually O'Brien who steals the show in what could be the best performance I've seen from him. He plays a complete jerk throughout the entire movie but when it comes time for that good heart to show he mixes the two perfectly. The film goes through some standard stuff including a murder subplot but in the end this moves along very fast and makes for a good time killer.


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