Torch Singer

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Torch Singer
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Screenplay by
  • Lenore J. Coffee
  • Lynn Starling
Story byGrace Perkins
Produced byAlbert Lewis
CinematographyKarl Struss
Edited byEda Warren
Music byRalph Rainger
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • September 8, 1933 (1933-09-08) (US)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States

Torch Singer is a 1933 American Pre-Code Paramount Pictures film directed by Alexander Hall and George Somnes and starring Claudette Colbert, Ricardo Cortez, David Manners and Lyda Roberti. The screenplay was written by Lenore J. Coffee and Lynn Starling, based on the short story Mike by Grace Perkins, which was published in Liberty magazine (May 20–27, 1933). It was released on DVD (as part of a six disc set entitled "Pre-Code Hollywood Collection") on April 7, 2009, and by itself on August 5, 2014.[1]


Sally Trent has an illegitimate child, but cannot support her and gives the baby up for adoption. The father, Michael Gardner, leaves for China not knowing about the baby, and she assumes he has abandoned her for life. She gets a job as a torch singer, changes her name to Mimi Benton, and becomes notorious for her drinking and philandering. Mimi fills in on a children's radio program as the character "Aunt Jenny," singing and telling bedtime stories, and eventually uses the airtime to find her long lost daughter, part with her wild lifestyle, and reunite with Michael.



  • Mimi Benton: "Well, I'll tell you what happened to her. While you were touring China, she went through hell. It's a nice place, you must go there someday."
  • Michael Gardner: "You've changed all right! You're selfish, hard."
    Mimi Benton: "Sure I am, just like glass. So hard, nothing'll cut it but diamonds. Come around some day with a fistful. Maybe we can get together."
  • Mimi Benton: "Don't ever let any man make a sucker out of you. Make him know what you're worth. Anything they get for nothing is always cheap."

See also[]


  1. ^ "Torch Singer". Loving The Classics (a division of Jarrett Enterprises). Retrieved 2021-12-22.

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