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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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DVD Playhouse: April 2009
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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: April 7, 2009
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Uni taps library for latest DVD set
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Excellent Early Colbert See more (20 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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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:
It's a Long Dark NightSee more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Early Colbert, 6 April 2010
Author: GManfred from Ramsey, NJ

Hollywood sometimes went pretty far afield to find offbeat plots and Torch Singer is one the most offbeat you will see. It starts off soapy and ends up as a love story of sorts and in between there is some comedy and some musical numbers - something for everyone. I kept waiting for it to descend into bathos and tears but Claudette Colbert was so excellent that she singlehandedly kept the show afloat.

Ordinarily I don't care for Colbert much but I found new respect for her acting ability and was amazed to learn she sang her own songs in this picture. Other readers have rehashed the story but I just want to add a few words about the supporting cast. It was refreshing to see Ricardo Cortez in a role that was not sinister - in fact, he was kind-hearted and almost tender. I can never get enough of Lyda Roberti, who I thought had a future as a top film comedienne but died too soon. Here she's only on screen for about 15 minutes. In a night club scene you can get a glimpse of Dennis O'Keefe behind David Manners' shoulder.

This picture was headed for a sub-par rating from me as it is a very odd and contrived story, but as reported it was salvaged by Colbert's performance. Just enjoy it and don't ask too many questions.

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