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The Strange Love of Molly Louvain

The Strange Love of Molly Louvain(1932)

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After an affair with Ralph Rogers, a wealthy young man, Molly Louvain, a cigar counter girl at a small hotel, finds herself pregnant. Desperate after the man deserts her, Molly leaves town with salesman Nicky Grant, a would-be petty thief. Tiring of her life with Grant, Molly decides to leave him. She takes her daughter to Mrs. Schiller, who will care for her while she works as a dance hostess. Jimmy Cook, formerly the bellboy at the hotel where Molly met Grant, is now a student and meets her again at the club. He asks her to come somewhere quiet with him to talk over old times, but once outside, they run into Grant, who forces them into his car. When he stops at a store for cigarettes, the car is recognized by the police as a stolen car that was used in a robbery. Grant sees the police and flees, shouting at Molly to drive away. She and Jimmy escape from the police, but Grant is captured. After dying her hair, Molly takes a room with Jimmy in a rooming house. Scottie Cornell, a reporter who lives across the hall, takes a call on their telephone and they learn about Grant's capture. Jimmy wants to go to the police and explain, but Molly is sure they would not be believed. Meanwhile, Scottie has succumbed to Molly's charms. More cynical than Jimmy, he intends to have an affair with her but nothing more. Jimmy, on the other hand, wants Molly to marry him and start a new life. Believing this would be the best thing for her daughter, Molly agrees, but Scottie taunts her, saying that she will hate her life and ruin Jimmy's. Realizing that he is right, Molly sends Jimmy away and agrees to go to Europe with Scottie. Remembering that her own mother abandoned her as a child, Molly admits that now she understands what drove her mother to do what she did. Scottie, not knowing that Molly is the woman the police are looking for, concocts a plan to bring her out of hiding. He has the police announce that her daughter is sick and needs her mother. Molly goes immediately to the police station to turn herself in. At first the police do not believe she is Molly Louvain, so she demands that they ask Grant to identify her. After hours of questioning, the police finally allow her to see her daughter. When she understands that the whole story was a trick, she is furious, especially when she learns that Scottie was the man who planned the whole thing. Moved by her motherly love, Scottie begs her to believe that he didn't mean to hurt her. He promises to work for her release and then care for her in a decent way. They seal their agreement with a kiss.