Torch Singer

This article is about the film. For the song style, see Torch song.
Torch Singer

Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by Albert Lewis
Screenplay by
Story by Grace Perkins
Music by Ralph Rainger
Cinematography Karl Struss
Edited by Eda Warren
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • September 8, 1933 (1933-09-08) (USA)
Running time
71 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Torch Singer is a 1933 American Pre-Code Paramount Pictures film, directed by Alexander Hall and George Somnes, and starring Claudette Colbert, Ricardo Cortez, David Manners and Lyda Roberti. The screenplay was written by Lenore J. Coffee and Lynn Starling, based on the short story Mike by Grace Perkins, which was published in Liberty magazine (May 20–27, 1933). It was released on DVD (as part of a six disc set entitled "Pre-Code Hollywood Collection") on April 7, 2009.


Sally Trent has an illegitimate child, but cannot support her and gives the baby up for adoption. The father, Michael Gardner, leaves for China not knowing about the baby, and she assumes he has abandoned her for life. She gets a job as a torch singer, changes her name to Mimi Benton, and becomes notorious for her drinking and philandering. Mimi fills in on a children's radio program as the character "Aunt Jenny," singing and telling bedtime stories, and eventually uses the airtime to find her long lost daughter, part with her wild lifestyle, and reunite with Michael.



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