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Writers:
Grace Perkins (story)
Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
8 September 1933 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The worst woman in New York...sang the best love songs! Lips that had kissed more men than she could remember ...crooned lullabies no one could forget!
Plot:
When she can't support her illegitimate child, an abandoned young woman puts her up for adoption and pursues a career as a torch singer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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early tour de force for Colbert See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Claudette Colbert ... Sally Trent, aka Mimi Benton

Ricardo Cortez ... Tony Cummings

David Manners ... Michael 'Mike' Gardner

Lyda Roberti ... Dora Nichols

Baby LeRoy ... Bobby, Dora's Baby at 1 Year (as Baby Le Roy)

Charley Grapewin ... Andrew 'Juddy' Judson
Sam Godfrey ... Harry, Radio Announcer
Florence Roberts ... Mother Angelica
Virginia Hammond ... Mrs. Julia Judson
Mildred Washington ... Carrie, Mimi's Maid

Cora Sue Collins ... Sally at 5 Years

Helen Jerome Eddy ... Miss Spaulding
Albert Conti ... Carlotti

Ethel Griffies ... Agatha Alden
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jean Acker ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Bobbe Arnst ... Woman in Sally's apartment (uncredited)

James Burke ... Taxicab Driver (uncredited)

Kathleen Burke ... Sobbing Girl (uncredited)
Shirley Ann Christenson ... Baby Sally (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Mr. Seymour - Detective (uncredited)
Edward Cooper ... Agatha Alden's Butler (uncredited)

William B. Davidson ... Jarrett (uncredited)
Anna Demetrio ... Italian Diner (uncredited)

Lester Dorr ... Man in Radio Station (uncredited)
Grace Goodall ... Head Nurse (uncredited)

Gladys Hulette ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Bass Fiddle Player (uncredited)

Edward LeSaint ... Doctor (uncredited)

Margaret Mann ... Miss Thomas, Little Sally's Nanny (uncredited)

Dennis O'Keefe ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Eddie Phillips ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Waiter in Bistro (uncredited)
Walton Trout ... Baby (uncredited)

Jerry Tucker ... Mickey (uncredited)

Toby Wing ... Blonde in Sally's apartment (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Alexander Hall 
George Somnes 
 
Writing credits
Grace Perkins (story "Mike")

Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) (as Lenore Coffee) and
Lynn Starling (screenplay)

Produced by
Albert Lewis .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ralph Rainger 
 
Cinematography by
Karl Struss 
 
Film Editing by
Eda Warren (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton 
 
Sound Department
Harold Lewis .... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Howard Jackson .... orchestrator (uncredited)
John Leipold .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
71 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1379-R, 31 August 1935 for re-release)

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Because of sponsor resistance to its age and depression themed pre-code aspects of its story, it was rarely taken off the shelf. Two of its earliest documented airings took place in Hartford, Connecticut Saturday 21 October 1961 on Gems of the Silver Screen on WHCT (Channel 18) and in Indianapolis, Indiana Tuesday 19 December 1961 on Mid-Day Matinee on WFBM (Channel 6). It was released on DVD 7 April 2009 as part of the Universal Backlot Series: Pre-Code Hollywood Collection, and again as a single 5 August 2014 as part of the Universal Vault Series.See more »
Quotes:
Mrs. Julia Judson:Well, it's too disgusting! To think of that disreputable woman talking every evening to America's dear little kiddies!
Andrew 'Juddy' Judson:Rats!
Mrs. Julia Judson:She's an evil influence invading a million decent homes!
Andrew 'Juddy' Judson:More rats!
Mrs. Julia Judson:How would you like to have such a creature in your home?
Andrew 'Juddy' Judson:I'd love nothing better!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Complicated Women (2003) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Give Me Liberty or Give Me LoveSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
early tour de force for Colbert, 18 June 2009
Author: mukava991 from United States

This is a touching if not extraordinary film about a woman who has a child out of wedlock, gives it up for adoption and suffers a great deal despite achieving wealth, glamour and fame first as a nightclub torch singer and then as a children's radio personality. This may have been Claudette Colbert's first great cinematic tour de force, gorgeously photographed by Karl Struss (through whose lens she also appeared to huge advantage in Sign of the Cross and Four Frightened People), sheathed in a variety of Travis Banton gowns and singing rather ludicrous songs by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin in her own voice and let's give her a nod for that! The role is as juicy as can be, giving her the opportunity to essay mother love, humiliation, anger, despair, bitterness, drunkenness, nobility, eroticism - you name it. What a showcase! The screen bursts with life when she is at its center. The other performers, including an underused Lyda Roberti as a fellow unwed mother and a stiff David Manners as the father of the child, serve as window dressing. The only standout aside from Colbert is Ethel Griffies as Manners's stodgy, coldhearted aunt; acting like hers, in the grand old fashion, died decades ago but not until talkies captured the work of some of its practitioners, and it is still a treat to watch.

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