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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.

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Sally Trent, aka Mimi Benton
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Tony Cummings
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Michael Gardner
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Dora Nichols
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Bobby, Dora's Baby at 1 Year (as Baby Le Roy)
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Judson
Sam Godfrey ...
Harry, Radio Announcer
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Mother Angelica
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Mrs. Judson
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Carrie
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Sally - 5 Years
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Miss Spaulding
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Carlotti
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Agatha Alden
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Bobbe Arnst ...
Woman in Sally's apartment (uncredited)
Carlena Beard ...
Sally, the Little Black Girl (uncredited)
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Taxicab Driver (uncredited)
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Sobbing Girl (uncredited)
Shirley Ann Christenson ...
Baby Sally (uncredited)
Davison Clark ...
Mr. Seymour - Detective (uncredited)
Edward Cooper ...
Agatha Alden's Butler (uncredited)
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Jarrett (uncredited)
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Italian Diner (uncredited)
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Man in Radio Station (uncredited)
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Head Nurse (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Perc Launders ...
Bass Fiddle Player (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
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Miss Thomas, Little Sally's Nanny (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Harry Semels ...
Waiter in Bistro (uncredited)
Walton Trout ...
Baby (uncredited)
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Mickey (uncredited)
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Blonde in Sally's apartment (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

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Alexander Hall ... (directed by)
George Somnes ... (directed by)

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Lenore J. Coffee ... (screen play by) (as Lenore Coffee) and
Lynn Starling ... (screen play by)
 
Grace Perkins ... (story "Mike")

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Albert Lewis ... producer (uncredited)

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Ralph Rainger

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Karl Struss ... (photography by)

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Eda Warren ... (uncredited)

Casting By

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Fred Schuessler ... (uncredited)

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Travis Banton

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Harold Lewis ... sound recording engineer (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Dick Stockton ... casting assistant (uncredited)

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Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Joseff-Hollywood ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

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Howard Jackson ... orchestrator (uncredited)
John Leipold ... orchestrator (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Sally Trent has an illegitimate child, but cannot support her and gives the baby up for adoption. The father, Michael Gardner, leaves for China not knowing about the baby, and she assumes he has abandoned her for life. She gets a job as a torch singer, changes her name to Mimi Benton, and becomes notorious for her drinking and philadering. Mimi fills in on a children's radio program as the character "Aunt Jenny," singing and telling bedtime stories, and eventually uses the airtime to find her long lost daughter, part with her wild lifestyle, and reunite with Michael. Written by sarasdano

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Taglines SHE CARRIES A "TORCH" IN THE HOT SPOTS OF BROADWAY! The worst woman in New York...singing the best love songs! (Print Ad- Shawinigan Standard, ((Shawinigan Falls, P.Q.)) 25 October 1933) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Sinfonías del corazón (Spain)
  • Broadway Singer
  • Nattens drottning (Sweden)
  • ブルースを唄う女 (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Vozes do Coração (Portugal)
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  • 71 min
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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. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Complicated Women (2003). See more »
Soundtracks Give Me Liberty or Give Me Love See more »
Quotes Mimi Benton: Well, I'll tell you what happened to her. While you were touring China, she went through hell. It's a nice place, you must go there someday.
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