Virtue (1932)

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A relationship gradually develops between a savvy New York street girl and a good-hearted cab driver, but other matters keep getting in their way, including financial problems and a murder.



  • Carole Lombard and Mayo Methot in Virtue (1932)
  • Carole Lombard and Mayo Methot in Virtue (1932)
  • Carole Lombard and Pat O'Brien in Virtue (1932)
  • Carole Lombard and Pat O'Brien in Virtue (1932)
  • Carole Lombard, Pat O'Brien, Jack La Rue, Fred Santley, Harry Semels, and Arthur Wanzer in Virtue (1932)
  • Ward Bond, Carole Lombard, Pat O'Brien, Charles McMurphy, Buddy Roosevelt, Fred Santley, Harry Semels, and Arthur Wanzer in Virtue (1932)

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20 October 2008 | bkoganbing
| The Cabbie And The Streetwalker
On loan from her home studio of Paramount Pictures, Carole Lombard made this film with rising new star Pat O'Brien who next year would be signing with Warner Brothers. It's the story of a streetwalker who falls for a lovable lunkhead of a taxi driver, but whose past keeps catching up with her.

Virtue could not have been made in two years once the Code was firmly in place. Prostitutes were barely seen on the big screen after that and definitely no stories were built around them as central characters.

Lombard and a group of her friends are given suspended sentences providing they leave the New York City limits. But the course of true love gets in the way when she meets O'Brien and almost gyps him out of a fare.

O'Brien somewhat dumbs it down in this part. He's not the usual fast talking promoter in fact his grammar and diction are about two steps above Leo Gorcey. It was more the kind of role his boyhood chum Spencer Tracy was doing over at Fox Films at the time. Still he's a good guy and comes through when it counts.

Humphrey Bogart's third wife Mayo Methot plays Lombard's best friend and Jack LaRue her no good boyfriend. Ward Bond is also on hand as O'Brien's best friend in one of his early films. Bond if possible is an even bigger lovable lunkhead than O'Brien.

With a nice crisp script by Robert Riskin who wrote some of the best of Frank Capra's films, Virtue is a real undiscovered treat for fans of both Lombard and O'Brien. Catch it by all means when it is next broadcast.

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