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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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A woman made hard by the circumstances of her life 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 ... 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)

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:
Mimi Benton:[to baby daughter] Maybe... maybe you'll take a mother's advice before she goes. You might as well. That's the only thing she's got to give. Don't ever let any man make a sucker out of you. Make him know what you're worth. Anything they get for nothing is always cheap.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Complicated Women (2003) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Slumber BoatSee more »

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A woman made hard by the circumstances of her life, 20 April 2013
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

For only a 72 minute movie Torch Singer packs quite a lot into the film with Claudette Colbert playing the starring role of an unwed mother who is forced to give up her daughter as she can't locate the baby's father David Manners and his rich family won't give her the time of day. She supports herself by becoming a nightclub singer and according to a recent biography of Claudette Colbert she actually sung her own numbers which were written by songwriting team of Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger for the film. Claudette's scenes with her child, her prospective in-laws and with the nuns running the adoption facility are heartbreaking and touching on melodrama.

A case of 'mike fright' scares off the prospective host of a children's radio program and sultry torch singer Claudette substitutes as the story lady who sings lullabies and tells fairy tales. Which gives her a day time career as well as a nighttime one as long as she can keep the secret. In the meantime the show affects her and decides to seek her child.

Claudette proves to have a nice style as a singer much as Susan Hayward did when played Lillian Roth in I'll Cry Tomorrow. And she treads on Barbara Stanwyck territory as a woman made hard by the circumstances of her life.

Ricardo Cortez who after the silent screen days ended where he played Latin lovers as a poor man's Rudolph Valentino, in sound either played smart alecks or downright heels. I was fully expecting him to be a heel in this film, but he turns out to be a nice guy as a radio executive who sympathizes with Colbert and her situation.

Lyda Roberti also makes an appearance here playing a fellow unwed mother who rooms with Colbert for a while. Her character has all too little time in Torch Singer, I wish we saw more of her.

Claudette Colbert whose career in 1933 was really beginning to take off moved a bit higher with this film. It holds up very well for today's audience.

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