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Marked Woman (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 10 April 1937 (USA)
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".

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Dorothy 'Gabby' Marvin
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Emmy Lou Eagan
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Florrie Liggett
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Estelle Porter
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Betty Strauber
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Louie
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Johnny Vanning
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Gordon
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Charlie Delaney
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Ralph Krawford
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District Attorney Arthur Sheldon
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Vanning's Lawyer
Carlos San Martín ...
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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 duke1029

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Trivia

"The Anatomy of a Proletarian Film: Warner's 'Marked Woman'," an article by 'Charlws Eckert', appeared in the Winter 1973-1974 issue of "Film Quarterly." See more »

Goofs

When Emmy Lou gets out of the elevator at the thirty-fifth floor, she leaves the threatening gangsters behind, but they are there waiting for her when the elevator opens on the ground floor. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Vanning: [talking to the hostesses in an intimidating manner] I'm taking over this joint. From now on you're working for me. Most of you know how I operate. If you don't, read the papers and find out!
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Soundtracks

My Silver Dollar Man
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Rosalind Marquis
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"I'm fed up with being afraid..."
16 February 2005 | by (Florida, New York) – See all my reviews

Mobster Johnny Vanning (Eduardo Ciannelli) is the new proprietor of the Club Intime, and he let's everyone know how it's going to be - his henchmen, his employees, and the hostesses who work the patrons. Even the name of the club needs to go, because Johnny doesn't know what "Intime" means. A derivation of "intimate", the new club becomes "Club Intimate", or "In other words, a clip joint...", as described by hostess Mary Dwight (Bette Davis).

When a patron attempts to run out on a gambling debt with Mary's help, she and her co-workers begin to realize the depths to which Vanning will go to exercise his supreme authority, as the debtor turns into a corpse. Assistant D.A. David Graham (Humphrey Bogart), against the better judgment of his boss, Arthur Sheldon (Henry O'Neill), attempts to bring a case against Vanning. But without all his ducks in a row, and a shaky testimony from Mary, Vanning is acquitted, and the heat begins to turn up on Mary and the girls.

When Mary's sister Betty (Mary Bryan) unexpectedly shows up to visit from college, things begin to spiral out of control. When Emmy Lou (Isabel Jewell) tries to show Betty a good time, she winds up as the match up for a high rolling friend of Vanning. Unwilling to cooperate in the romance department, Vanning forcefully slaps Betty, sending her careening down a flight of stairs, never to regain consciousness.

When Graham confronts Mary Dwight with the news of her sister's death, Mary finally decides to go on the offensive. In doing so, she becomes the "Marked Woman" of the title, bearing Johnny's knife carved X on her cheek as a brand for her defiance. In rallying her friends from the club together, the time for Vanning's downfall is at hand, as Graham's new case against the mobsters now has solid evidence. It's masterfully played out, as Vanning and his goons are sentenced to a thirty year hitch for their misdeeds.

Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart appeared in an amazing six films together, this being their fourth outing. All are recommended viewing - "The Bad Sister" (1931, Davis' film debut); "Three on a Match" (1932); "The Petrified Forest" (1937), "Kid Galahad" (1937), and "Dark Victory". It's in "Kid Galahad" that Davis best demonstrates her versatility and range as an actress, even though it's a supporting role.


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