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Ladies They Talk About (1933)

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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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Nan
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Don
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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

Film has some rather blatant and oddball plugs for Warner Brothers stars. In several scenes photos of Joe E. Brown (whom Lillian Roth sings to) and Dick Powell are seen in the women's cells. 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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Connections

Remade as Lady Gangster (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Are You Lonesome Tonight?
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by Lou Handman
Lyrics by Roy Turk
Played as background music often as the love theme
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Women's Prison/Girl's Dormitory Escapades
26 June 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Barbara Stanwyck as a beautiful gun moll who helps her gang commit an armed bank robbery, then gets herself arrested. A young reformer who speaks in front of an "old-fashioned revival" believes in her innocence and tries to help her as they both are from the same hometown and, well, she's not past using her looks to get what she wants. But when, for some reason that I couldn't quite figure out, she actually admits to him she was part of the hold-up, he then assists in sending her to San Quentin. Soon our gal is the "new fish" in prison, and this is a women's prison like no other - if it weren't for the appearance of some older women prisoners in the mix, this would almost look a private girl's school rather than the state Penn! Lounge rocking chairs, newspapers, card games, a "greenhouse" area, a hair stylist, manicures, the "ladies bird club", phonograph record players, and outside - "the sun yard", a regular garden spot. These women can wear their own slinky negligees at night and play records in their room - and one older inmate actually is allowed to keep her own little "lap dog" - h'm.

This film is pretty good - the portrayal of the prison so far-fetched it's actually kind of a hoot to watch. I notice the male prisoners (on the other side of the prison) don't seem to have the same conditions as the women as they are shown in regular jail cells with bars. Anyway, Barbara Stanwyck, one of my favorite actresses from that era, gives her usual star performance and acts up a storm - just great as she plays the world-wise gal who'll play hard ball to get what she wants. A really fun film.


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