Laughing Sinners

  • 1931
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

LAUGHING SINNERS had already finished shooting when the studio bosses saw the response to Gable as Crawford's man in DANCE, FOOLS, DANCE, so they cut all the already-shot footage with Johnny Mack Brown and reshot the scenes with Gable, who was billed under Neil Hamilton. Crawford is a nightclub thrush who gets tossed aside by a shifty traveling salesman,...read more

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LAUGHING SINNERS had already finished shooting when the studio bosses saw the response to Gable as Crawford's man in DANCE, FOOLS, DANCE, so they cut all the already-shot footage with Johnny Mack Brown and reshot the scenes with Gable, who was billed under Neil Hamilton. Crawford is a

nightclub thrush who gets tossed aside by a shifty traveling salesman, Hamilton, whom she thinks the sun rises and falls upon. When he dumps her, she thinks there's nothing left to live for so she takes a dive off a bridge into the local river. Gable, a Salvation Army worker, saves her and begins

to redo her life. Under his tutelage, she forswears the nightery existence and begins to work next to him in his evangelistic occupation. Soon enough, she's also in uniform, pounding the tambourine on street corners. All is well until she again meets Hamilton at a local hotel and her passion for

him outstrips her good sense. It isn't long before she's in Hamilton's power. Gable breaks in on the two of them, knocks Hamilton for a loop, then says he's willing to take Crawford back into his life if she's willing to try it again. Crawford understands that a life with Hamilton would be likely

to put her back in the river she'd been rescued from in reel one, so she tosses him aside and goes off with Gable. The picture was originally released as COMPLETE SURRENDER before Thalberg saw sparks in the Crawford-Gable combination and ordered the new scenes. The two were having an off-screen

romance at the time and that could readily be recognized on the screen. Crawford was a blonde for LAUGHING SINNERS and, as a woman of easy morals, was in training for the part that would make her an international star in RAIN, the following year. "What Can I Do? I Love That Man" is sung well by

Crawford, who was a musical performer before giving her vocal cords a rest as a dramatic actress. The play upon which this was based was not a hit, so one wonders why they chose to make it as a film.

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