Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) presents "LAUGHING SINNERS" (1931) (72 min/B&W) -- Starring: Joan Crawford, Neil Hamilton, Clark Gable, Marjorie Rambeau, Guy Kibbee, Cliff Edwards, Roscoe Karns
Directed by Harry Beaumont
The plot is as follows: -- Club entertainer Ivy is desperately in love with her man Howard. Howard has plans to marry for money, however. Unable to tell Ivy to her face, he runs out on her leaving a goodbye note. Ivy is crushed. That night she is stopped from jumping off a bridge by Salvation Army man Carl. As she joins Carl with some of his work, she leaves the fast life and becomes truly happy helping others. Later the restless traveling salesman Howard runs into Ivy again. He tries his best to get her to be his mistress. Will Ivy revert back to her old life and return to Howard, or will she continue straight with Carl?
Crawford and Gable -- she already a star, he a rising actor -- coming together and making early music to the viewer's eyes. Before Hepburn and Tracy, these were the ones the public wanted to see together even if the film in itself was less than memorable, and MGM gave it to them 8 times -- and the rest is history!
Also a feature where one can get to see Crawford dance, sing, and indirectly, essay what would become a breakout role in RAIN only a year later.
Special footnote: -- Most of the film was shot with Johnny Mack Brown in the role of Carl when it was decided to drop this footage and reshoot it with Clark Gable.
1. Harry Beaumont (Director)
Date of Birth: 10 February 1888 - Abilene, Kansas
Date of Death: 22 December 1966 - Santa Monica, California
2. Joan Crawford [aka: Lucille Fay LeSueur]
Date of Birth: 23 March 1905 - San Antonio, Texas
Date of Death: 10 May 1977 - New York City, New York
3. Neil Hamilton [aka: James Neil Hamilton]
Date of Birth: 9 September 1899 - Lynn, Massachusetts
Date of Death: 24 September 1984 - Escondido, California
4. Clark Gable
Date of birth: 1 February 1901 - Cadiz, Ohio,
Date of death: 16 November 1960 - Los Angeles, California
Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]
Total Time: 72 min on DVD ~ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) ~ (June 22, 2009)