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Waterfront Lady (1935)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 5 October 1935 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Police Lieutenant
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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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5 October 1935 (USA)  »

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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 »


Deep Dark River
Sung by Barbara Pepper
Music and Lyrics by Smiley Burnette
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In hiding, Frank Albertson romances Ann Rutherford
7 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Waterfront Lady" (1935) has a fast-moving setup on a gambling ship run by distinguished-looking Charles C. Wilson. His much younger girl and singer is Barbara Pepper, whose affections incline to Wilson's loyal and efficient right-hand man, Frank Albertson. Jack La Rue, an undercover informant, is part of a police raid. He's killed in a tussle with Wilson accidentally. When Albertson escapes, he's tagged as the murderer. Albertson goes into hiding in a houseboat, meeting Ann Rutherford and her dad, J. Farrell MacDonald, who likes to drink and gamble a little too much. Grant Withers wants to hook up with Rutherford; she's not ready for that. Albertson's presence and pursuit provide the rest of that triangle, stoking the suspicion of Withers. Albertson has assumed the identity of someone else, and this provides some tension.

Albertson, usually a supporting actor during his 41-year career, handles the lead role confidently. Rutherford is suitably resistant to his advances. Withers is physically imposing and out to show Albertson up. Pepper, something of a femme fatale, adds spice to the piece and Wilson adds assurance, even against the cops. Pepper has a song or two and there's one partial dance number with chorus girls.

It adds up to a pretty good low-budget show put out by Mascot Pictures.

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