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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
Rosalind Marquis ...
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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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 duke1029

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10 April 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La mujer marcada  »

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Trivia

Based on the life of gangster Lucky Luciano, who was finally imprisoned when some of the prostitutes who worked in one of his brothels, tired of the beatings and maltreatment meted out by him, informed on him to the police. 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

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 ...
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Soundtracks

Mister and Missus Doakes
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Lola Lane
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A forcible gangster melodrama...

A night-club owner called Johnny Vanning (Eduardo Ciannelli) was exploiting his hostesses, one of whom was Mary Dwight (Bette Davis). She was asked with her companions of the Club Intime to induce clients to drink, gamble and spend freely…

A few nights later Mary brings a sucker, Rulph Krawford (Damian O'Flynn) to the club… After Krawford loses a large amount of money gambling and then refuses to pay off the debt, Vanning orders his henchman Charley Delaney (Ben Welden) to get rid of him…

When special prosecutor, David Graham (Humphrey Bogart), questions Mary concerning Krawford's assassination, she denies in providing any helpful information…

Bogart's performance successfully applied malice determination and calmly exhibited compassion and concern… He was particularly effective, both firm, and penetrating, in his courtroom scenes, which served as an early warm-up for similar role twelve years later in Nicholas Ray's "Knock On Any Door."

Mayo Methot was also in the cast as one of the hostesses and it was during the filming that Bogart took her as his second wife…


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