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Ladies They Talk About (1933)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 4 February 1933 (USA)
Attractive Nan, member of a bank-robbery gang, goes to prison thanks to evangelist Dave Slade...who loves her.

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Nan
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David Slade (as Preston S. Foster)
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Don
Dorothy Burgess ...
Susie
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Linda
Maude Eburne ...
Aunt Maggie
Ruth Donnelly ...
Noonan
Harold Huber ...
Lefty
Robert McWade ...
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Gun moll Nan Taylor, caught after an otherwise successful bank robbery, falls for radio crusader David Slade and confides her guilt to him. Much to her surprise, he turns her in. As a "new fish" at San Quentin, Nan fits right in, but won't see Slade, who still loves her. Then she learns that her former partners in crime, Don and Dutch, are on the other side of the wall in the men's section...and have an escape plan. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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4 February 1933 (USA)  »

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Women in Prison  »

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Trivia

The play had a production in Los Angeles, California, USA, with co-author Dorothy Mackaye in the lead. See more »

Goofs

While she waits for her co-conspirators to break through the wall in her cell, Nan is shown starting the gramophone twice. See more »

Quotes

Susie: Say, there isn't any punishment bad enough for you!
Nan Taylor: Yeah? Well, being penned up here with a daffodil like you comes awful close.
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Featured in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

St. Louis Blues
(1914) (uncredited)
Written by W.C. Handy
Played during the opening credits and at the end
Sung offscreen by Etta Moten in a prison sequence
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Pre-code Stanwyck
17 May 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nan Taylor (Barbara Stanwyck) is caught trying to help three men rob a bank. She sweet talks an innocent, powerful man David Slade (Preston Foster) into defending her, but confesses at the last minute. She's sent to prison and plots her revenge. The prison has a lesbian (shown once), a black prisoner who actually has lines (very surprising for the 1930s), a bird that terrorizes the inmates (don't ask), catfights and some pretty elaborate cells for the women. It makes prison seem like a great place to be!

A definite one of a kind with some pretty risque (for 1933) lines and situations. Barbara Stanwyck is just great in the title role. She tears into it and gives it her all--especially at the end. Lillian Roth also is very good as a fellow prisoner. As for Foster--he's tall and handsome...that's about it, but he fulfills his role.

Tough, fun, very quick (69 minutes) pre-Code movie. Definetely worth a look.


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