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Woman Against the World (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 11 May 1938 (USA)
Anna Plummer (Alice Moore), daughter of a Canadian farmer, secretly marries against her father's will. She and her young husband, Johnny Masters (Edgar Edwards), move to a big city, shortly... See full summary »

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Alice Moore ...
Anna Plummer Masters
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Johnny Masters
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Larry Steele
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Patsy
Sylvia Welsh ...
Betty Jane
Ethel Reese-Burns ...
Aunt Frieda Storer Plummer
George Hallett ...
Mr. Plummer
James McGrath ...
Detective James P. Flavin
Grant MacDonald ...
Jimmy Daley
Fred Bass ...
Prosecutor
Harry Hay ...
Mr. Henry B. Martin
Enid Cole ...
Mrs. Henry B. Martin
Reginald Hincks ...
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Anna Plummer (Alice Moore), daughter of a Canadian farmer, secretly marries against her father's will. She and her young husband, Johnny Masters (Edgar Edwards), move to a big city, shortly before Anna gives birth to a daughter he is killed in a holdup. Anna is compelled to take her baby into the home of her domineering aunt (Ethel Reese-Burns), and in a quarrel, when Anna learns that her aunt has given her daughter away to be adopted, Anna accidentally kills the aunt. Anna goes to prison for five years for manslaughter. Later, she is aided by a rising young attorney, Larry Steele (Ralph Forbes)in her battle and quest to get her child back. A UK-quota film for Columbia. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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IF YOU WERE BRANDED UNFIT TO CALL YOUR CHILD YOUR OWN...WHAT WOULD YOU DO? (original ad-all caps) See more »

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Crime Sem Culpa  »

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bad luck follows her around
20 July 2014 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

W.A.T.W opens with hunky Johnny, the farmhand, trying to help his girl Anna with her chores. Anna is played by Alice Moore, niece of actress and producer Mary Pickford. The grumpy old father gives him hell, so they marry in secret. Then things go downhill from there. Edgar Edwards (Johnny) seems to have written and starred in this shortie from Columbia Pictures, which was pretty rare for those days. Everything was so compartmentalized then... actors were rarely also writers. This one moves along pretty quickly... a little too quickly. We witness lots of big milestones, some unexplained, some are pretty straight-forward, and the couple runs into more and more bad luck. Can't really say too much here, storywise, to avoid giving away major plotpoints. The main plot line here is that she lost custody of her baby, and spends the remainder of the movie trying to find and reclaim her daughter. This seems to have been filmed in a Canadian studio, and at only 66 minutes, it feels like some helpful scenes have been cut or lost. It's an OK story, but given a few more scenes of explanation, could have been great. The sound and picture quality are remarkably good for a film from 1937.

Alice Moore died quite young at 44, but couldn't find out much about that. She seems to have married, moved to DC, and died just a couple years after her mother. Directed by David Selman; one of the last films Selman did.. he died the same year this was made.


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