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Laughing Sinners(1931)


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Nightclub performer Ivy Stevens, who has been the mistress of traveling salesman Howard "Howdy" Palmer for two years, lives for their time together. On his most recent visit, he can't bring himself to tell her that he plans to marry the boss's daughter to further his career and so he leaves her a note while she is performing. She is shattered when she reads the note and attempts suicide by jumping off a bridge, but is stopped by Carl, a kind Salvation Army worker. Carl convinces Ivy that everyone follows the wrong path at some time, and she decides to look him up after reading about Howdy's marriage in the newspaper. A year later, Howdy is bored with his continuing life on the road. When he sees Ivy singing with a Salvation Army band, he wants to start their relationship again, but she refuses. Carl assures her that her past doesn't matter, but that evening, when she encounters Howdy at the same hotel where she is staying, they become lovers again. At dawn, Ivy regrets her decision, but feels too guilty to leave. Howdy is summoned to help his friend, Cass Wheeler, to calm a drunken girl, after which Cass goes to Ivy's room. He offers her some whisky and she starts to dance, arousing the curiosity of others at the hotel, including Howdy and Carl. She is ashamed when she sees Carl, but his reassurances help her to reject Howdy for good and remain with Carl.