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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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Lil
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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 Hays 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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Connections

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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Sharp melodrama from screenwiter Robert Riskin
30 August 1999 | by (Albany NY, USA) – See all my reviews

Screenwriter Robert Riskin may be best known for his collaborations with director Frank Capra, but this well written, character driven melodrama will make you want to check out his other credits. The always terrific Carole Lombard is the tough but sweet woman with a past, and Pat O'Brien is her man, a soft-hearted blowhard. Mayo Methot is Lombard's world weary best pal, and Jack LaRue is her good looking but dumb as a box of hammers gangster boyfriend. Walking cliches, one would expect, but the script is careful with details, and the characters act logically and believably, even in the most unbelievable situations. The good writing clearly energizes the actors, with O'Brien and Methot, in particular, rising to the occasion. You might come away suspecting that Robert Riskin just may be more interesting than Frank Capra.


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