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The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932)

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 S. Gelsey (adaptation) (as Erwin Gelsey) | 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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Molly Louvain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Scotty is supposed to be a hot-shot reporter, and yet: He knows her name is Molly, her photo is in the papers, but it never, ever occurs to him that she might be THE Molly. See more »

Quotes

Scotty Cornell: Takes practice to live with a bullet in your heart.
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Soundtracks

When We're Alone (Penthouse Serenade)
(1931) (uncredited)
Written by Val Burton and Will Jason
Played during the opening credits and at the end
Played on piano, hummed and partially sung by Ann Dvorak
Played on the radio and at the dance hall
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Lee Tracy Drives Hard Hitting Film
14 June 2001 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

THE STRANGE LOVE OF MOLLY LOUVAIN pushes her to look for love with all the wrong men, leading inevitably to unwed pregnancy, betrayal & murder...

This obscure little crime film highlights the kind of fast-moving, tough-talking picture which Warner Bros. did so well in the early 1930's. Good production values help tremendously, but the biggest asset is the piston-powered performance of Lee Tracy as a cynical, amoral reporter. Although his character doesn't appear until 30 minutes into the story, once on screen he dominates his scenes, as he typically did during his heyday. This picture was made shortly before Tracy moved to MGM for his 5 memorable appearances there in 1933. His spectacular fall from grace would spin him out to the minor studios, but here he's in his prime, or nearly so.

The other two sides to the film's romantic triangle are made up of Ann Dvorak, very good in the title role, and Richard Cromwell, impressive as the innocent college kid infatuated with her. A sprinkling of character actors - Guy Kibbee, Leslie Fenton, Frank McHugh & Charles Middleton - add to the film's success.

Movie mavens will recognize J. Farrell MacDonald as a murdered cop, silent movie comic 'Snub' Pollard as a bill collector & Louise Beavers as a washroom attendant, all uncredited.

The film's rather gamey plot proclaims its pre-Production Code status.


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