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The Strange Love Of Molly Louvain (1933)

Ann Dvorak , Guy Kibbee , Michael Curtiz  |  NR |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ann Dvorak, Guy Kibbee, Lee Tracy, Richard Cromwell, Leslie Fenton
  • Directors: Michael Curtiz
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WB
  • DVD Release Date: February 16, 2006
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004082EG6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,960 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In the naughty, bawdy years before the Production Code, filmmakers turned the camera lens toward sin and its more entertaining consequences. The Strange Love of Molly Louvain is a first-rate example of Hollywood's pre-Code love affair with third-rate dames and the louses who mistreat them. Featuring early-Talkie stars Ann Dvorak and Lee Tracy and crisply directed by Michael Curtiz (whose later credits include The Adventures of Robin Hood and Casablanca), the film follows the misfortunes of an unwed mother who gets mixed up with a wealthy seducer, a thief, a cynical newshound, a devoted bellhop, a sleazy dancehall, gun-blazing crime and plenty of heartache. The moral: sin doesn't pay...except at the box office.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The plot leaves something to be desired December 27, 2009
Molly Louvain is a girl who has become pregnant by a rich young fellow that loves her and wants to marry her. He has told her that he intends to tell his mother that night before Molly gets to his house to attend his birthday party. However, when Molly shows up at the family estate she is told by the butler that mother and son left suddenly for Europe. Apparently Molly's fiancé loved mother's millions more than he loved Molly and no doubt Molly's would-have-been mother-in-law could not tolerate the idea of a member of the huddled masses being her future daughter-in-law. All alone in the world, Molly turns to shady character Nicky Gant, who takes her away from her home town and out on the road. Molly figures he's possibly financing their way with stick-ups, but Molly asks no questions as she has a baby to think of. One day Nick gets in a shoot-out with the cops with Molly at the wheel of the car, and suddenly Molly is up to her neck in Nick's past and present illegal activities. She dyes her hair and decides to hide out under a false name in a small apartment until the heat is off. She has two problems that complicate matters even further - she is unable to go check on her baby, who she has left with kindly acquaintances, and ambitious reporter Scotty Cornell lives across the hall and is determined to find Molly Louvain and crack the story of a lifetime.

This film is watchable largely because nobody plays a woman suffering from the internal moral struggle of good versus evil like Ann Dvorak (as Molly Louvain) and nobody plays the smart aleck reporter that will do anything for a story like Lee Tracy (as Scotty Cornell). However, the film seems incomplete in so many ways.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gangsters and Babies and Underthings- Oh My! November 22, 2005
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The Strange Love of Molly Louvain is a film about a girl (Ann Dvorak) who seems to be on her way up in life. She is adored by all the men around her where she works and she has a wealthy boyfriend who might ask her to marry him. However, the man leaves Molly and she's on her own, pregnant with his child. Molly gets mixed up with a gangster (Leslie Fenton) who gets her and an innocent friend of hers (Richard Cromwell) in a jam with the police. In hiding, she meets a reporter (Lee Tracy) who she falls in love with.

Ann Dvorak is beautiful as Molly Louvain. It takes a while to get used to her as a blonde, but with lighter hair, her beautiful eyes are more noticeable. She has a smooth voice and is very expressive.

Richard Cromwell is sweet and sincere in his part. His character is cute but strong, and incredibly likeable.

Lee Tracy is incredibly natural in this film. He is wonderfully playful and comical at times and no-nonsense at others. He and Dvorak have great chemistry together.

This film is part of the Forbidden Hollywood series for several reasons. The most obvious is that a woman is depicted as having a child out of wedlock. Also, the gangster elements are more raw than in later films. This film also displays Dvorak in her underwear.

The drawback to The Strange Love of Molly Louvain is the ending. Only part of the story is concluded; the rest is left unanswered. This leaves for a bit of an unsettled feeling.
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3.0 out of 5 stars MARTHA IVER'S BIG SISTER. January 2, 2003
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A tough, steamy pre-code film which is fascinating but hugely melodramatic. Ann Dvorak plays title role: a hotel cigar counter person who gets herself in trouble by having an affair with rich man. Molly then leaves town with a would-be petty thief, Nicky Grant. She tires of him and takes her little girl to a woman who will care for her while she finds work as a dance hostess. Molly meets an old friend who worked as a bellboy at the hotel: he's a student now and they talk over old times. But as soon as they are outside, Grant reappears....Twisty and not terribly convincing plot-wise, because she is - to put it bluntly - dense. Dvorak, however was always a competent actress and she keeps the viewer watching. As Scottie Cornell, Lee Tracy is pretty good: he gets her in the end (oh, boy!- goody gum drops!) The working title of this little potboiler from Warners was THE TINSEL LADY (!) which was based on an unpublished play called TINSEL GIRL by Maurine Dallas Watkins. Dvorak quickly rose from a hoofer in early talkies into an interesting leading actress. While never quite a star, her performances are always worth watching. Born Ann McKim in 1912, Dvorak had her last role of any consequence in a fair 1950 film entitled OUR VERY OWN - in which she played the peroxided natural mother of adoptee Ann Blyth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sleazy Fun March 2, 2011
This is your standard Warner Brothers Pre-Code - gangsters, cops, reporters, fallen women - you name it, this film's got it. Lee Tracy and Ann Dvorak were ideal players for this type of movie. They reteamed for Love Is A Racket, another Warners gem. Molly doesn't make much sense but it's a lot of fun.
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