Year of Ann Dvorak: Day 36
My single favorite Ann Dvorak scene comes early on in The Strange Love of Molly Louvain. Lower-class Molly (Ann) has just been jilted by her well-to-do beau and is drowning out her sorrows in Leslie Fenton’s hotel. She’s depressed, drunk, and belting out a scat version of “Penthouse Serenade” while tickling the ivories. I actually posted a You Tube clip of the scene a few years back, but unfortunately it got pulled at some point.
The scene ends with Ann singing a playing a little ditty you probably never heard of called “Gold Digger Lady.” Ann penned the song herself and because it appeared in the film, they needed to get her official permission to use it and did so with an agreement drawn up on this date in 1932. I don’t believe she actually got any extra compensation for this and I don’t know if she slipped it in the film without their initial knowledge. Either way, it’s a great cap to a great scene in a decent pre-Code film.