Sunday, January 30, 2011
THE STRANGE LOVE OF MOLLY LOUVAIN (1932)
Before the Hays Code went into effect in 1934 Hollywood pumped out a bunch of movies like this which contained some morally questionable material for the time. This movie concerns a woman of loose morals who sleeps around and gets involved with a gangster amongst other men. She also has a baby out of wedlock which was shocking at the time. Also a cop gets shot. While this isn't the type of exploitative film I would normally watch I did find it interesting to see what was considered scandalous in 1932. The main actress has a line-delivery style that reminded me of John Waters' star Mink Stole and the fast talking reporter guy seemed like the Carl Denham character from KING KONG but that movie wouldn't come out for another year. Of course in the world of today most of the controversial things presented here wouldn't even be looked at twice. I would recommend this one only to cinema snobs who are hardcore into the classics.