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Virtue (1932)
Topic Started: Feb 19 2018, 10:00 PM (210 Views)
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Virtue (1932) Dir. Edward Buzzell
A Columbia Picture
69 min. / B&W / 1.37:1
DVD: Sony/TCM ("Columbia Pictures Pre-Code Collection")

Carole Lombard is a hooker ordered out of town by the judge; instead, she stays and goes straight and looking for honest work, meets hack driver Pat O'Brien and marries him without mentioning her sordid past. Y'know how your past has a way of turning up to bite you on the ass? Miss Lombard ends up looking like her tookis just went three rounds with the shark from Jaws. She ends up being a sucker in a con and has to take a rap, but hard. Will Pat stand by her, or what?

Ward Bond, Shirley Grey, and Jack La Rue round out the fun; the first minute or so of the film is a black screen (apparently a censor cut showing harlots in court) but after that, the film's a Pre-Code classic.

Million-dollar Dialog:
Pat's advice to Ward, who plans on getting married: "Buy yourself a hot water bottle; it's just as warm as a wife, and less trouble."

And, once he fails to convince his buddy, he gives up with: "Well, it's your donut. Dunk it."

Balconeer Ivan seems to think the big flaw in the film is Mr. O'Brien; I have no problem with him, but I didn't for an instant buy Miss Lombard as a streetwalker. Give that part to, oh, Barbara Stanwyck and you have one of the all-time great Pre-Codes right here.

A great print of the film on the set; stills and lobby cards are your bonus.

he best in show on this set, one of those jaw-droppers that defines why so many blue-nosers wanted censorship.
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