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Wanted! Jane Turner (1936)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 4 December 1936 (USA)
Postal Investigators Tom and Doris follow a trail from a mail robbery on the East Coast to Los Angeles using a letter sent by General Delivery to "Jane Turner". When the letter (with loads ... See full summary »

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Tom Mallory
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Doris Martin
Ann Preston ...
Jane Turner (as Judith Blake)
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Jerry Turner
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Banks
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Phil Crowley
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Ruby Winston
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Babe
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Marge Sanders - Posing as Jane Turner
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Walter Davies
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Postal Investigators Tom and Doris follow a trail from a mail robbery on the East Coast to Los Angeles using a letter sent by General Delivery to "Jane Turner". When the letter (with loads of cash in it) is picked up by a woman whose name is also Jane Turner both the cops and the robbers are on her trail. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Breathless Excitement and Racing Heart-Throbs...when a beauty with brains and a man of steel come to grips with the most dangerous gang of mail thieves yet un-hung! See more »


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The director credit is missing from TCM's print, which also lists the title of the movie as "Wanted! Jane Turner". See more »

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Remade as Lady Scarface (1941) See more »

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mail fraud in the '30s
26 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pretty Gloria Stuart stars with Lee Tracy in "Wanted: Jane Turner" which is about mail fraud. The film was made in 1936; seventy-one year later, Gloria Stuart, at 87, would find big fame as the elderly survivor of the Titanic in the 2007 film. As she herself said, she was named most likely to succeed in high school, but she had no idea it would take so long.

"Wanted: Jane Turner" is a good opportunity to see Los Angeles as it was back then and remember the more personal touch by our postal service. A man stands at a window and gives out mail as Tracy and Stuart investigate a mail robbery on the East Coast which is using a letter sent to General Delivery to one "Jane Turner," a phony name.

The letter is picked up by a woman whose real name is Jane Turner, which causes problems. There are other frauds exposed while the investigators are there, including the old mail order bride con - you know, I'll marry you, just send me bus fare.

There's also a sweet subplot of an elderly man coming in sometimes twice a day, expecting a letter with money in it from his son. There's also a wild police interrogation. No good cop, bad cop here, just which cop can be the more aggravating.

An enjoyable film, with art deco decor and a little romance. Really makes you long for simpler times and some human interaction.


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