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Laughing Sinners (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 30 May 1931 (USA)
Cabaret performer Ivy Stevens in an affair with a low-rent traveling salesman is dumped in a 'Dear Jane' letter and finds solace in joining the Salvation Army.

Director:

Harry Beaumont

Writers:

Kenyon Nicholson (play), Edith Fitzgerald (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Ivy Stevens
Neil Hamilton ... Howard 'Howdy' Palmer
Clark Gable ... Carl Loomis
Marjorie Rambeau ... Ruby
Guy Kibbee ... Cass Wheeler
Cliff Edwards ... Mike
Roscoe Karns ... Fred Geer
Gertrude Short ... Edna
George Cooper ... Joe
George F. Marion ... Humpty
Bert Woodruff ... Tink
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Cafe entertainer Ivy Stevens falls for sleazy salesman Howard Palmer and jumps from a bridge when he dumps her. Saved by Salvation Army officer Carl, Ivy reforms and joins the Army. When she runs into Palmer she falls for him all over again. Carl beats up Palmer and gives a speech to Ivy which induces her to return to the Army and to Carl. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Trivia

Kenyon Nicholson's play, "Torch Song," opened on 27 August 1930 on Broadway in New York City. Guy Kibbee originated the role of Cass Wheeler in that production. See more »

Quotes

Ruby: I'll try anything once!
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Connections

Featured in Fast Workers (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

(What Can I Do?) I Love That Man
(uncredited)
Music by Martin Broones
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung by Joan Crawford at the cabaret
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An Early Look At Crawford, Gable & Hamilton
6 November 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Like a lot of early '30s film, I found this a pretty interesting short (72 minutes) story. This one is about a chorus girl-type who gets jilted, hooks up with a Salvation Army man, then is enticed back to the old sinful ways for a night with the man who jilted her and finally realizes she is better off with the good guy and the good morals.

This is an early look at Joan Crawford, who is blonde here with huge eyes. Clark Gable is sans mustache and really looks young. Neil Hamilton, the third lead, is the same man who went on to play Commissioner Gordon in the Batman TV series three decades later. In here, he's the pagan bad guy.

This film goes a long way in portraying traveling salesmen as morally bankrupt people. Now why would they do that?!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

30 May 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Complete Surrender See more »

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Budget:

$338,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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