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Laughing Sinners (1931)

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), Bess Meredyth (continuity) | 1 more credit »
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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 Gertrude Short ... Edna
George Cooper ... Joe
George F. Marion ... Humpty
Bert Woodruff ... Tink
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Storyline

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

30 May 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Almas Pecadoras See more »

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Budget:

$338,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film did well at the box office, earning a profit of $156,000 ($2.48M in 2016) for MGM according to studio records. See more »

Quotes

Ivy 'Bunny' Stevens: [to Carl walking away] Oh, and thanks for saving my life. I'll drop a quarter in your tambourine some time.
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Connections

Featured in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Brighten the Corner Where You Are
(uncredited)
Music by Charles Gabriel
Words by Ina Duley Ogden
Sung by Joan Crawford and the Salvation Army members
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Temptation / Salvation
6 June 2004 | by pauldeboefSee all my reviews

"Laughing sinners" was a pleasant surprise to me. I never knew what a good actress Joan Crawford was until I saw this film. I saw her rather exaggerating performance in "Grand Hotel", and a better performance in 1931's "Possessed", but here she is totally convincing and real. There are moments of great beauty, especially the scenes between Crawford and Clark Gable, moments when the film shows a timeless quality. Gable and Crawford are completely believable as the Salvation Army officers : sincere, vulnerable and intense. Clark Gable in a very unusual role - wise, calm, sensitive and understanding - It makes him powerful in a subtle way. Neil Hamilton is terrific especially in the scene - a very long uninterrupted take ! - when he tries to persuade and seduce Joan Crawford - for a night of bliss. Can he offer her salvation ?


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