Waterfront Lady (1935)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  5 October 1935 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan O'Brien
Ronny Hillyer aka Bill
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Capt. O'Brien
Gloria Vance
Charles C. Wilson ...
Jim McFee aka Mac
Purnell Pratt ...
Dist. Atty. Shaw
Tom Braden
Paul Porcasi ...
Tony Spadaloni
Mary Gordon ...
Mrs. O'Flaherty
Mathilde Comont ...
Mrs. Spadaloni
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Police Lieutenant
Clarence Wilson ...
Truant Officer
Victor Potel ...


When a young man is befriended by a gambling ship operator and made a partner in the business, he becomes involved in a police manhunt after he covers up a murder committed by his new partner. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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featuring...ANN RUTHERFORD...HOLLYWOOD'S NEW GLAMOROUS STAR (original one-sheet poster)


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Release Date:

5 October 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La ragazza del porto  »

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Film debut of Ann Rutherford. NOTE: She got the part after actress Anne Darling walked off the film and out of her contract to marry an insurance executive. At the time Ann was performing on a Los Angeles radio show. A producer at Mascot Pictures saw her picture in the newspaper and thought she looked enough like Anne Darling that casting her would enable the studio to complete the movie. See more »


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Sung by Barbara Pepper
Music and Lyrics by Smiley Burnette
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Cheap but agreeable.
24 July 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Waterfront Lady" is a low-budget public domain B-movie from small-time Mascot Pictures. However, unlike some Bs, this one does have a few established Hollywood actors in the film. Though none of them were big stars (such as J. Farrell MacDonald, Grant Withers, Jack LaRue and Ward Bond), it is nice to see their familiar faces. Ann Rutherford appears here in her first film and IMDb's trivia about this is interesting. The film's title would make you think that the film stars a woman, Frank Albertson is clearly the star. The film begins aboard a gambling ship. Just before it's raided, a stool pigeon and the boss are engaged in a tussle--and in the process the stoolie is killed. Being an all-around sucker, Albertson covers for the boss and is now a hunted man. He hides out along the waterfront and in the process he meets nice Ann Rutherford and falls for her--though she has no idea he's a wanted man and professional gambler. Despite this, he's a pretty likable guy and romance begins to blossom--until his identity is revealed and is forced to flea. Can this all be worked out for a happy ending? Well, what do you think?!

Overall, despite the film's very modest budget, it's a rather agreeable film--mostly due to some decent writing--though the final fight sequence is a bit dopey. Now understand...it is NOT a great film but a very watchable B-movie--especially if you like this sort of thing.

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