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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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Mother-love junk, but with one important asset See more (19 total) »

Cast

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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 ... The Blonde (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 ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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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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Trivia:
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.See more »
Quotes:
Michael Gardner:You've changed all right! You're selfish, hard.
Mimi Benton:Sure I am, just like glass. So hard, nothing'll cut it but diamonds. Come around some day with a fistful. Maybe we can get together.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Complicated Women (2003) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Don't Be a Cry BabySee more »

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Mother-love junk, but with one important asset, 7 July 2014
Author: marcslope from New York, NY

And that's Claudette Colbert, playing a not entirely plausible good-woman-turned-tough-cynic, who suffers, wisecracks, repents, and, most surprisingly, sings. That's clearly her voice taking on some decent Rainger-Robin songs, and it's a true, throaty, expressive contralto. Why didn't Paramount, which so often exploited the cheery, joie-de-vivre aspects of the Colbert personality, put her in more musicals? She's a natural. And she emotes touchingly in the soapier sections of this one, including a really devastating scene of her giving up her child. The story doesn't make a lot of sense, least of all the David Manners character, a Boston blueblood who is first portrayed as a rotter but turns out to be wonderful. Nor does Ricardo Cortez fit in easily, as Colbert's radio-manager boss; the script seems to want to suggest a romance for them, but never gets around to it. And the plot gymnastics toward the end, which are determined to give Colbert and Manners a happy ending whatever the cost to logic, are just impossible. Still, it's nicely pre-Code, never condemning Colbert for having a child out of wedlock, and quite a showcase for her many talents.

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