Ann Grey is wrongly convicted of murder. On her way to jail a car accident gives her the opportunity to escape. She is helped by young lawyer Tony Baxter. He hides her from the police, as ... See full summary »
Ann Grey is wrongly convicted of murder. On her way to jail a car accident gives her the opportunity to escape. She is helped by young lawyer Tony Baxter. He hides her from the police, as well as his fiancée, with the help of his butler Peedles. Ann is also wanted by the mobsters who really committed the murder as they think she knows where $250,000 worth of bonds are hidden. When the mobsters find and abduct her, Tony enlists the help of the D.A. and the police to try to get her back. Written by
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Nice chemistry but too many plot holes make this one a big disappointment.
"Wanted Woman" has a nice cast, but is so poorly written that they are entirely wasted. Had the MANY plot holes been plugged, it could have been a cute comedy/mystery picture.
The film begins with Ann (Maureen O'Sullivan) being convicted of murder. However, since she is an adorable leading lady, you know she's innocent. So, when she manages to escape custody, you know that she'll eventually be able to prove her innocence. True to the formula (used many times by Alfred Hitchcock in such films as "The 39 Steps" and "The Girl Was Young" AND "Saboteur"), you know she'll soon meet up with a nice member of the opposite sex (Joel McCrea) who will have a lengthy adventure with her.
The film fails repeatedly because again and again, folks behave irrationally--making decisions that simply make no sense. Why does the guy help and escaped convicted murderer?! Why would he then drive drunk? Why does his butler automatically do the same and repeatedly lie to the police and obstruct justice? Why would the guy run off at the end and try to solve the crime all by himself--isn't that what police are supposed to do? The bottom line is that although the couple have nice chemistry and I loved the butler, Peedles (Robert Greig), the film failed repeatedly due to sloppy writing.
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