In this roman-a-clef for the infamous Lucky Luciano Trial, Mary Dwight and four roommates work as hostesses at the Club Intime, a "clip joint" that offers gambling, liquor, and female companionship to the "big spender" clientèle. When ruthless thug and pimp Johnny Vanning takes over all the clubs in town, the girls are forced to follow Vanning's rules and kick back on their "tips" in exchange for protection. Although she is not a hardened old hand like Gabby and Estella, Mary knows enough to sidestep Vanning's amorous advances. Unfortunately the more naive Mary Lou is impressed by Vanning's oily veneer of materialism and accepts invitations to "entertain" at the gangster's private parties. Mary's naive younger sister Betty arrives from college just when Mary and her roommates are arrested as material witnesses in the murder of one of the casino's non-paying customers. Vanning's corrupt lawyer frees the others but pressures Mary to commit perjury in order to discredit crusading ... Written by
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Dedicated to realism, Bette Davis
left the set when the makeup department outfitted her with dainty bandages for the hospital scene following the physical attack on her character by mobsters. She drove to her own doctor and instructed him to bandage her as he would a badly beaten woman. Returning to the set, she declared, "You shoot me this way, or not at all!" They did. See more
's character is Detective Casey, but he is listed in the credits as playing Ferguson. See more
You know, working for Vanning isn't going to be any bed of roses.
Mary Dwight Strauber
And, you don't have to rub it in.
You're gonna work for him?
Mary Dwight Strauber
Uh-huh, but I'm not getting into his trap, and I'm not taking any chances of getting a slap in the face with a spade, either. You know, we're letting ourselves in for enough as it is. Some will wind up on the short end, but not me, baby. I know all the angles, and I think I'm smart enough to keep one step ahead of them till I get enough to pack it all in, and live on ...
Mister and Missus Doakes
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Lola Lane See more