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Virtue (1932)

TV-PG | | Drama | 25 October 1932 (USA)
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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Lil
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Willard Robertson ...
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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Yesterday A Lady With A Past. Today The Wife Of The Man She Loved! See more »

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Unbescholten  »

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Edward LeSaint in the role as "Magistrate" is in studio records/casting call lists as a cast member, but he did not appear or was not identifiable in the movie. The role of "Magistrate" was credited onscreen to Lew Kelly, but he also did not appear. And neither did Fred Santley, credited onscreen as "Hank." 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 »

Soundtracks

My Gal Sal
(1905) (uncredited)
Written by Paul Dresser
Played on a phonograph in Lil's room, twice
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Supposedly Lombard's film, it's really Methot's

Mayo Methot is pretty unknown these days, and known mostly as the female half of "The Battling Bogarts," that is, as Humphrey Bogart's wife with whom he was in frequent battles, including physical ones.

But her role in "Virtue" showed that, given a great role, she was a heck of an actress.

This was a great role in a gritty film, and, as several commenters have said, it was pre-Code, meaning it could be adult.

It was adult, mature, but without being vulgar or even especially blunt, also without being exploitative or tabloid-like in its treatment.

I consider it one of Lombard's best roles -- better than some of her fluffier parts later -- and one of her best performances, and Pat O'Brien, despite some silly dialog, also gave an excellent performance.

Ward Bond, one of my favorites, and an actor who grew enormously in range and ability over his decades, gave one of his own best performances for this early in his career.

Jack La Rue and Shirley Grey played pivotal characters, and played them awfully well.

All in all, this is one heck of a good movie, one I recommend to every serious cinema lover.


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