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Ladies They Talk About (1933)

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


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Aunt Maggie
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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 <>

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4 February 1933 (USA)  »

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Women in Prison  »

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


In the overview shot of San Quentin, smoke is pouring out of a smokestack on the right when it suddenly, completely disappears in the last second of the shot. See more »


Nan Taylor: For a dumb Dick you have a memory like an elephant!
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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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Bad girl in prison
11 April 2002 | by (Corrales, NM) – See all my reviews

Early Barbara Stanwyck who is about as bad as they get. She participates in a bank robbery, manipulates men, lies, and gets sent up to the big house. Plot is somewhat far fetched with little character development other than for Barbara. Story revolves around whether Barbara will again allow Preston Foster to try to save her after trusting him once and having him fail to live up to her expectations. Stanwyck is patterned after the real life experiences and play by Dorothy Mackaye who repeats the formula in Lady Gangster (1942). This movie is worth watching to see the early Stanwyck or the depiction of woman's prison life. Apparently women inmates were allowed to fix up their rooms real nice and change from prison clothes into street clothes during visiting hours -- or so Hollywood would tell us. Sure would have made it easier to escape!

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