A young woman is on trial for murder. In flashback, we learn of her struggles to overcome poverty as a teenager -- a mistaken arrest and prison term for shoplifting and lack of employment ...
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A young woman is on trial for murder. In flashback, we learn of her struggles to overcome poverty as a teenager -- a mistaken arrest and prison term for shoplifting and lack of employment lead to involvement with gangsters. In a brothel, she meets a young lawyer, scion of a wealthy and prestigious family, who falls for her and helps her turn around her life. But her past catches up with her, and she must face the music rather than cause him scandal. Written by
This film received its initial television broadcasts in Los Angeles Wednesday 29 May 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11) and in Philadelphia Thursday 30 January 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6). See more »
When Tom (Franchot Tone) is hoisting his friend Sam (Andy Devine) up from his chair at the nightclub, he addresses him as "Andy." See more »
Sometimes I think if I don't get away from you, I'll go out of my mind.
You'll never get away from me. You belong to me, remember?
I've never belonged to you.
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Midnight Mary is essential viewing for the pre-code fanatic. I am not a big fan of Loretta Young and her bug eyes, but she was superb in this, as a good girl who suffers some rotten luck along the way to becoming a gangster's doll and prized possession. Ricardo Cortez was incredibly sexy and smooth as the jealous gangster; what a fascinating performance. Franchot Tone was his usual handsome, sophisticated self, but the weakest link in the film. His energy level can't compete with Ricardo's.
From the opening courtroom scenes, with Loretta reading a Hearst Cosmopolitan magazine (with only her bug eyes showing), to the inevitable ending, this film will keep any pre-code viewer on the edge of their seat.
9 out of 10.
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