MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 5,229 this week

Marked Woman (1937)

7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 1,967 users  
Reviews: 42 user | 16 critic

A crusading DA persuades a clip joint "party girl" to testify against her mobster boss after her innocent sister is accidentally murdered during one of his unsavory "parties."

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(original screen play), (original screen play), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 13 May 2011
 
a list of 48 titles
created 20 Aug 2011
 
a list of 21 titles
created 01 Nov 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 09 Dec 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Search for "Marked Woman" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Marked Woman (1937)

Marked Woman (1937) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Marked Woman.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Mary
...
Lola Lane ...
Gabby
...
Emmy Lou
Rosalind Marquis ...
Florrie
...
Estelle
...
Betty
...
Louie
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Johnny Vanning
...
Gordon
Ben Welden ...
Charlie
Damian O'Flynn ...
Ralph Krawford
Henry O'Neill ...
Sheldon
Raymond Hatton ...
Lawyer
Carlos San Martín ...
Head Waiter
Edit

Storyline

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 Artemis-9

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 April 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Marked Woman  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Guy Usher's character is Detective Casey, but he is listed in the credits as playing Ferguson. See more »

Quotes

Emmy Lou: 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.
Emmy Lou: 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 ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Featured in Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Mister and Missus Doakes
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Lola Lane
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Women Of the Night
22 December 2002 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

Lloyd Bacon directed this tough, fast-paced film about "hostesses" in a nightclub run by a ruthless gangster. Star Bette Davis shines in the leading role, but it's cobra-like Eduardo Ciannelli who steals the film as the crime kingpin. A sleek, urbane actor, Ciannelli was a doctor before turning to the stage. He made his film debut in the previous year's Winterset, and would go along to become a top movie villain for the next several decades. Ciannelli had about him an air of refined cruelty that made him compelling to watch. Humphrey Bogart's in this one, too, in a thankless role as a crusading D.A. He's competent, but shows none of his later charisma. Unambiguous virtue was not his strong suit.

Life in the big city during the Depression is presented with admirable realism. The sets are nothing to write home about, and technically the movie is no more than competent. That the women in the story could not be presented as prostitutes limits it somewhat, lending a certain vagueness to their activities. One has to do a lot of reading between the lines in this one. Marked Woman isn't a classic by any means, yet it's an excellent example of top-notch studio film-making.


16 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Remake deadpan_diva
who was that trumpet player? lusample
Discuss Marked Woman (1937) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?