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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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Lil
Jack La Rue ...
Willard Robertson ...
MacKenzie
Lew Kelly ...
Magistrate (scenes deleted)
Fred Santley ...
Hank (scenes deleted)
Arthur Wanzer ...
Flanagan
Jessie Arnold ...
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Edwin Stanley ...
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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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25 October 1932 (USA)  »

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Unbescholten  »

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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 »

Soundtracks

My Gal Sal
(1905) (uncredited)
Written by Paul Dresser
Played on a phonograph in Lil's room, twice
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This precode has a little bit of everything
26 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one has a prostitute trying to go straight, a tough-talking cab driver whose harsh words hide a heart of gold, and there is even a murder tucked away in the plot.

The story opens on prostitute Mae(Carole Lombard) being escorted to a train that will take her out of New York City - a condition of her not serving jail time for street walking is that she leave town. As soon as the police are gone she gets right off the train. Having no money, she has to ditch Jimmy Doyle (Pat O'Brien), the cabby that takes her back into the city, without paying him. However, Mae is a woman without options, not a woman who is basically dishonest, so as soon as she has the money she pays Jimmy the fare, although at the worst possible time

  • watch the film to see what I'm talking about.




Jimmy and Mae hit it off and even get married, but they're basically two people looking for love that have two big problems. Mae can't take back her past, and Jimmy can't - with dignity - take back the words he has said about him being all-knowing when it comes to "dames", especially after he learns of his wife's past occupation at a most inopportune time. From that point forward the two have a good relationship on the surface, but underneath Jimmy always has his doubts as to whether Mae's past is really behind her, and Mae feels like she's on probation. Then something comes up that brings all of these feelings to the surface.

Mayo Methot plays Lil Blair, an aging woman of the streets and friend to Mae whose boyfriend Toots is more than happy to have Lil support him and more than unhappy when she can't come up with quite enough money to keep him in race track forms. Lil winds up playing a bigger part in the whole story than her small amount of screen time would make you believe.

This fast moving little precode with heart is everything that the best precodes of the early 30's should be. Many of the precodes that came out of Columbia in the early 30's had a paint-by-numbers feel about them, like they were just going through the motions. This one has very good performances by the entire cast and a storyline that draws you into the everyday lives of these not so everyday people.


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