The Strange Love of Molly Louvain

The Strange Love of Molly Louvain

Ann Dvorak and Lee Tracy

Ann Dvorak and Lee Tracy
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Written by Erwin S. Gelsey
Brown Holmes
Based on Tinsel Girl
by Maurine Dallas Watkins
Starring Ann Dvorak
Lee Tracy
Cinematography Robert Kurrle
Edited by James B. Morley
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • May 28, 1932 (1932-05-28) (United States)
Running time
73 mins.
Country United States
Language English

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


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 about to go to prison, he discovers her identity, but pledges to stick by her nevertheless.


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