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(aka "The Tinsel Lady" or "Tinsel Girl")


directed by Michael Curtiz
USA 1932


THE STRANGE LOVE OF MOLLY LOUVAIN pushes her to look for love with all the wrong men, leading inevitably to unwed pregnancy, betrayal & murder...
This obscure little crime film highlights the kind of fast-moving, tough-talking picture which Warner Bros. did so well in the early 1930's. Good production values help tremendously, but the biggest asset is the piston-powered performance of Lee Tracy as a cynical, amoral reporter. Although his character doesn't appear until 30 minutes into the story, once on screen he dominates his scenes, as he typically did during his heyday. [...]
The other two sides to the film's romantic triangle are made up of Ann Dvorak, very good in the title role, and Richard Cromwell, impressive as the innocent college kid infatuated with her.

Excerpt of review from Ron Oliver for located HERE


Theatrical Release: 28 May 1932 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:13:00

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.98 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: December 8th, 2009
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Chapters 8



The Strange Love of Molly Louvain had a privilege of being released on VHS and laserdisc as part of Forbidden Hollywood collection, but it was released on standalone DVD in 2009, before Warner Archive Collection resurrected it with Volume 4 and Volume 5, in July of 2012.

The progressive transfer used for this made-on-demand single-layered disc is decent looking, although there are some scratches and marks on the print and some chroma is evident, as seen in capture #1. It's not as good as some of the transfers we have seen from them recently with much better grey-scale than seen here. English mono soundtrack is fine with no distortion and there are no extras available on the disc.

  - Gregory Meshman


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