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The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 28 May 1932 (USA)
Molly Louvain's plans for a respectable marriage with her sweetheart Jimmy fall through so she takes to the road with a two-bit crook and becomes wanted by the police in connection with a high-profile crime.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

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Maurine Dallas Watkins (play) (as Maurine Watkins), Erwin S. Gelsey (adaptation) (as Erwin Gelsey) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Ann Dvorak ... Molly Louvain
Lee Tracy ... Scotty Cornell
Richard Cromwell ... Jimmy Cook
Guy Kibbee ... Pop - a Policeman
Leslie Fenton ... Nicky Grant
Frank McHugh ... Skeets - a Reporter
Evalyn Knapp ... Doris
Charles Middleton ... Captain Slade
Mary Doran ... Dance Hall Girl
Thomas E. Jackson ... Police Sergeant (as Thomas Jackson)
C. Henry Gordon ... Detective Martin
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Abandoned by her mother at a young age, Molly Louvain is seen as no good, but she dreams of living respectably with her sweetheart Jimmy, who has promised to marry her. When Molly arrives at Jimmy's house to finally meet his mother she is informed that both Jimmy and his mother have been called out-of-town suddenly and that the dinner has been canceled. Heartbroken and carrying Jimmy's unborn child, Molly takes to the road with Nicky Grant, a small-time crook from her past. A couple years pass and she leaves her daughter in the care of another woman. One night Jimmy and his college pals visit the dance hall where Molly works as a hostess. Jimmy and Molly are happy to see one another and catch up on old times. Drunk and jealous, Nicky orders Molly and Jimmy into a car he has stolen. When the police spot the car, Nicky fires some shots and runs into an alley, hitting an officer before being wounded himself. Molly drives off in the car with Jimmy. With a cop dead, the entire city is on ... Written by Jimmy L.

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tinsel Girl See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Richard Cromwell was borrowed from Columbia for this film. See more »

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Molly enters the ladies' room with two bottles of peroxide and comes out a platinum blonde, with her hair rigidly set in rows of waves. Not unless a hair-waver and a dryer also happened to be in that ladies' room. See more »

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Molly Louvain: I'm sorry, Doris.
Doris: So's the hangman.
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Mother Machree
(1910) (uncredited)
Music by Chauncey Olcott and Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Played on a radio and sung by an unidentified tenor
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has the distinct feel of Warner Brothers all over it
29 August 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Warner Brothers used to put out gritty crime films that were unmistakable, and this one is no exception. And happily, it's pre-code, which is even better.

Ann Dvorak is Molly Louvain, who is hoping to marry a wealthy young man since she's carrying his baby. He promises to tell his mother about them, but he must have run into some problems -- such as disinheritance. He and mom have gone to Europe by the time Molly gets to the house to celebrate his birthday.

Miserable, Molly takes up with Nick Gant (Leslie Fenton, Dvorak's future husband), a crook, and can raise her daughter comfortably since he's good at robbery. However, Molly is the wheel man when Nick has a shootout with the cops, and she goes on the lam after leaving her child with someone she trusts.

Molly dyes her hair blond and takes an apartment in a false name.Alas, there's a reporter across the hall (Lee Tracy) who wants to find Molly so he can have a career-making story. She gets a job as a dance hall hostess and runs into a bellhop she knew, who was crazy about her (Richard Cromwell). She and Jimmie have to go on the run after Nick shows up again and gets them into more trouble. Then guess who she runs into who's hot on her trail.

Fast-moving, fast-talking film with a lively performance by Lee Tracy, who has great chemistry with Dvorak. The striking Dvorak was a perfect '30s film actress, acting in a style that went well with those films. Today it would be considered overdone. She hated being at Warners because they gave her below average movies and next to no money -- she found out she was making the same salary as the little boy in Three on a Match, and she wasn't happy. She eventually moved to England, did some films, and devoted herself to war service. She never liked Hollywood and ultimately retired.

Richard Cromwell was a matinée idol for a short time but doesn't register much, though he was cute. Gay, he was Angela Lansbury's first husband for a few months, and before film stardom and after it, he enjoyed a very successful career as an artist.

All in all, a watchable film with a crackerjack performance by Lee Tracy and it's always good to see Ann Dvorak.


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