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
He can't be bought. Is that plain enough?
Yeah. Too plain. Anybody that wouldn't take dough is crazy. Crazy men are dangerous. A guy like that is liable to get too big and really put the clamps down. And where will we be?
Oh, I've got a little something worked out that will take care of that possibility.
Is it cute?
Everything I do is cute.
Referenced in Play It Again, Sam
My Silver Dollar Man
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Rosalind Marquis See more