Torch Singer (1933)

70 or 72 mins | Melodrama | 8 September 1933

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HISTORY

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
7 Oct 33
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Aug 33
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
7 Oct 33
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
2 Sep 33
p. 37.
New York Times
7 Oct 33
p. 18.
Variety
10 Oct 33
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Cost des by
SOUND
Rec eng
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Mike" by Grace Perkins in Liberty (20 May--27 May 1933).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Torch Singer," "It's a Long Dark Night," "Don't Be a Cry Baby," "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Love" and "Mimi Was a Good Girl," music and lyrics by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin.
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 September 1933
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
7 September 1933
Copyright Number:
LP4098
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70 or 72
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Impoverished chorus girl Sally Trent checks into St. Anne's hospital as a charity case, and gives birth to a baby girl. Eventually, she is forced to give her daughter up for adoption because she unable to support her. After some hard luck, Sally becomes a notorious torch singer known as Mimi Benton, but while she is at her boyfriend's radio station, she fills in for the narrator of a children's hour and becomes the favorite of children all over the country. One day, the father of her child, Michael Gardner, returns from China and sincerely attempts a reconciliation, but Sally has seen too much of life to take him seriously. Doing the radio show touches Sally's heart, however, and she hires a detective to find her long-lost daughter. The detective comes up with nothing, and forlorn, Sally retreats from the world in a drunken stupor. With the help of her radio broadcast, Sally finds her daughter with Michael, who has just adopted her, and they ... +


Impoverished chorus girl Sally Trent checks into St. Anne's hospital as a charity case, and gives birth to a baby girl. Eventually, she is forced to give her daughter up for adoption because she unable to support her. After some hard luck, Sally becomes a notorious torch singer known as Mimi Benton, but while she is at her boyfriend's radio station, she fills in for the narrator of a children's hour and becomes the favorite of children all over the country. One day, the father of her child, Michael Gardner, returns from China and sincerely attempts a reconciliation, but Sally has seen too much of life to take him seriously. Doing the radio show touches Sally's heart, however, and she hires a detective to find her long-lost daughter. The detective comes up with nothing, and forlorn, Sally retreats from the world in a drunken stupor. With the help of her radio broadcast, Sally finds her daughter with Michael, who has just adopted her, and they reconcile. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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