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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

Writers:

Maurine Dallas Watkins (play) (as Maurine Watkins), Erwin Gelsey (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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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Storyline

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

Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During her intense interview with police, Molly Louvain sarcastically suggests she is responsible for multiple crimes, including the death of "William Desmond Taylor." Taylor, a Hollywood director, was indeed murdered in 1921. The scandal rocked Hollywood. His unsolved death prompted Hollywood's self-imposed Production Code. She also says she killed "Rothstein". This would be Arnold Rothstein, once head of organized crime in New York City. She says she kidnapped Dorothy Arnold - a wealthy socialite who disappeared in New York City on December 12, 1910 and whose case has never been solved. Finally she said she stole Charley Ross. This refers to the kidnapping of Charles Ross, a four year-old child on July 1, 1874 in Philadelphia. This was the first high-profile abduction for ransom case in the U.S. and was never solved. All of these cases would have been familiar to audiences of the day. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Scotty Cornell: Do you think that double-crossing dame could have given me a phony number?
Molly Louvain: I thought you said you knew your types?
Scotty Cornell: Sure I did, you're the same class - just one of the tinsel girls.
Molly Louvain: What do you mean "tinsel"?
Scotty Cornell: Look swell on a Christmas tree but you can't stand up in the rain.
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Soundtracks

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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What was Warner Bros. drinking?
22 October 2006 | by politianSee all my reviews

Whatever it was, it's too bad there doesn't seem to be any of it left. Warner Bros. pre-code was like a renaissance atelier - genius in the air, tons of talent on hand, cranking out, if not masterpieces, some unforgettable confections. Tons of bit part players in this one, it's as though they couldn't let anyone just walk on and act, the scene had to be chewed through. This sometimes seems distracting when you're caught up in the story, which, as with "Three on a Match," uses the threatened child to keep you in suspense. But with Lee Tracy and Ann D., plus all these superb faces and shticks, can anyone really complain? Worthwhile to think about why this Warner Bros. vision of life seems to get tremendous lift from exploiting a certain idea of the US press, never better represented than by Tracy - at least until Grant in "His Girl Friday."


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