Laughing Sinners

Overview

The Kenyon Nicholson play Torch Song was the source for the Joan Crawford vehicle Laughing Sinners. Crawford plays nightclub entertainer Ivy Stevens, who loses her zest for living when she's thrown over by her salesman sweetheart Howard Palmer Neil Hamilton. At her lowest ebb, Ivy is befriended by Salvation Army captain Carl Loomis yes, that's Clark Gable!. With her faith in God and Mankind renewed, Ivy becomes an "urban missionary," singing on street corners with Loomis and his flock. Alas, she falls from grace ...
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Overview

The Kenyon Nicholson play Torch Song was the source for the Joan Crawford vehicle Laughing Sinners. Crawford plays nightclub entertainer Ivy Stevens, who loses her zest for living when she's thrown over by her salesman sweetheart Howard Palmer Neil Hamilton. At her lowest ebb, Ivy is befriended by Salvation Army captain Carl Loomis yes, that's Clark Gable!. With her faith in God and Mankind renewed, Ivy becomes an "urban missionary," singing on street corners with Loomis and his flock. Alas, she falls from grace when she rekindles her romance with the now-married Howard. The conscience-stricken Ivy quits the Salvation Army, insisting that she's no longer worthy of the organization. But rather than accept her resignation, Carl turns in his uniform and collection plate and pledges eternal devotion to Ivy! And this all happens in a swift 71 minutes.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
The sparks between a blonde Joan Crawford and a very young Clark Gable remain the chief reason to watch this old-fashioned melodrama. According to Hollywood lore, Laughing Sinners had originally teamed Crawford with Johnny Mack Brown, but negative previews demanded the latter's replacement with the more potent Gable, Crawford's leading man in the previous Dance Fools Dance. The production difficulties notwithstanding, Laughing Sinners presents a Joan Crawford attracted by that old-time religion, and that in itself paints a rather disturbing picture. Kenyon Nicholson's 1930 play Torch Song was already old hat by 1931, and the ensuing years, truth be told, have not been kind. Only Guy Kibbee and Marjorie Rambeau -- as a mortuary supplies salesman and a down-and-out vaudevillian, respectively -- emerge unscathed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2009
  • UPC: 883316140338
  • Original Release: 1931
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:12:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Crawford Ivy Stevens
Neil Hamilton Howard 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
Henry Armetta Tony the Chef
Clara Blandick
Johnny Mack Brown
Lee Phelps Salesman
Technical Credits
Harry Beaumont Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Edith Fitzgerald Screenwriter
Martin Flavin Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
George Hively Editor
Bess Meredyth Screenwriter
Charles Rosher Sr. Cinematographer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2003

    Laughing Sinners- Fun Because of Crawford.

    This movie is somewhat interesting but reads as most movies from this era do- girl meets guy but is tempted from another from her past. She wants to change and guy 1 helps her and they fall in love. The end. However, there is interesting dialogue and some musical numbers; this movie is worthwhile to any Joan Crawford fan. Look for an appearance by Our Ganger Mary Ann Jackson in the park scene.

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