Advice to the Lovelorn

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Advice to the Lovelorn
Advice to the Lovelorn poster.jpg
Directed by Alfred L. Werker
Written byLeonard Praskins
Based on Miss Lonelyhearts
by Nathanael West
Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck
Starring Lee Tracy
Sally Blane
Paul Harvey
Sterling Holloway
C. Henry Gordon
Isabel Jewell
Cinematography James Van Trees
Edited byAllen McNeil
Music by Alfred Newman
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • December 1, 1933 (1933-12-01)
Running time
62 minutes
CountryUnited States

Advice to the Lovelorn is a 1933 American pre-Code drama film directed by Alfred L. Werker and starring Lee Tracy, Sally Blane, Paul Harvey and Sterling Holloway. The film was released on December 1, 1933, by United Artists. [1] [2] [3] It is based on the novel Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West with a number of changes made.



After Los Angeles reporter Toby Prentiss angers his editor by missing a major story due to being in a drunken stupor, he is assigned as punishment to take over the role of the retiring "Miss Lonelyhearts" advice column. Enraged but contractually-bound, Prentiss tries to get himself deliberately fired by writing a string of replies that offend conventional morality. Instead he proves to be a major success and becomes a syndicated national columnist. This causes considerable difficulties with his girlfriend Louise.


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  2. "Advice to the Lovelorn (1933) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  3. "Movie Review - Advice to the Lovelorn (1933) Lee Tracy and Sally Blane in a Picture Relating the Experiences of an Agony Column Editor". The New York Times. Retrieved October 8, 2014.