The Strange Love of Molly Louvain

The Strange Love of Molly Louvain is a 1932 American pre-Code crime drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Ann Dvorak and Lee Tracy. The script was based on the play Tinsel Girl by Maurine Dallas Watkins.

The Strange Love of Molly Louvain
Ann Dvorak and Lee Tracy
Directed byMichael Curtiz
Written byErwin S. Gelsey
Brown Holmes
Based onTinsel Girl (play)
by Maurine Dallas Watkins
StarringAnn Dvorak
Lee Tracy
CinematographyRobert Kurrle
Edited byJames B. Morley
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • May 28, 1932 (1932-05-28) (United States)
Running time
73 mins.
CountryUnited States


The story follows the adventures of Molly Louvain (Dvorak), a young woman who has a baby out of wedlock. She falls in with a career criminal and, after he is shot by police, she hides out with a former bellhop who wants to marry her and make her "respectable." But, instead, she falls in love with Scotty Cornell (Tracy), a fast-talking cynical newspaper reporter, who does not realize that she is, in fact, the very gun moll that he has been writing about in his columns. At the end of the film, as she is about to go to prison, he discovers her identity, but pledges to stick by her nevertheless.


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