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Virtue (1932)





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The title Virtue should be a good tip-off that the central character is a step below virtuous. Carole Lombard, still not established as a comedienne in 1932, plays a streetwalker seeking an escape from her sordid existence. She meets Pat O'Brien, one of the few men who doesn't expect a quick fix of satisfaction. Redeemed by his love, Lombard marries O'Brien and tries her best to bury her past. Fortunately Virtue was made before the 1934 production code, thus Carole Lombard is not subject to the censor-approved Torments of the Damned which were visited upon post-1934 movie prostitutes.


Pat O'Brien
as Jimmy Doyle
Mayo Methot
as Lil Blair
Ward Bond
as Frank
Lew Kelly
as Magistrate
Arthur Wanzer
as Flanagan
Jessie Arnold
as Landlady
Edwin Stanley
as District Attorney
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Critic Reviews for Virtue

All Critics (1)

An entertaining programmer, that did a good box office with the Depression-era crowd but does not transfer well to modern times.

October 13, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Virtue


Decent little pre-code quickie.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Inconsequential love story between former streetwalker Lombard and gruff taxi driver O'Brien. Will he discover her past? Can they stay together? These are the small big questions posed here. Several scenes of everyday chat that would have been excised from most movies remain, and with a runtime just over an hour doesn't allow for much development. They manage to insert a murder and case of mistaken identity to contribute SOME kind of tension. Lombard is not great in serious role but she looks stunning. Adorned in classy dress and jewelry back then, hookers have really gone downhill since the '30s.

Doctor Strangeblog
Doctor Strangeblog

Super Reviewer

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