The Lady and the Mob (1939)

Passed  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  3 April 1939 (USA)
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Society-woman Hattie Leonard organizes her own band of 'gang-busters' when she discovers a garment she sent to the dry-cleaners had been taxed twenty-five-cents to pay for gang 'protection.... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Fay Bainter ...
Henry Armetta ...
Warren Hymer ...
Harold Huber ...
Forbes Murray ...
Joe Sawyer ...
Blinky Mack (as Joseph Sawyer)
Tom Dugan ...
Brains Logan
Joe Caits ...
Bert the Beetle (as Joseph Caits)
Jim Toney ...
Big Time Tim
Tommy Mack ...
The Canary
Brandon Tynan ...
Mayor Jones
George Meeker ...
George Watson


Society-woman Hattie Leonard organizes her own band of 'gang-busters' when she discovers a garment she sent to the dry-cleaners had been taxed twenty-five-cents to pay for gang 'protection.' She sends to New York City for a reformed gangster she had befriended, Frankie O'Fallon, and he hires the manpower needed from the usual Columbia hoods. Her gang hi-jacks the racketeers, recovers the merchant's money and returns it to them. Lila Thorne, engaged to Hattie' son, Fred, throws in with her future mother-in-law when she sees the old lady is fighting for the American principle of freedom of choice...and action. Lila frames the gang-leader, George Watson, and Hattie's big-city vigilantes kidnap him, and extract the information that the town-mayor, Johnny "J.J." Jones, is the brains behind the protection-gang and is getting the big cut of the money. But Hattie still has to rob a bank before she can secure the evidence needed to convict the mayor. All in a day's work for a crusading society... Written by Les Adams <>

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A society matron muscles in on the underworld---just to clean it up! (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

3 April 1939 (USA)  »

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Che succede a San Francisco?  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Otto Hoffman as "Higgins" is in studio records/casting call lists, but he did not appear or was not identifiable in the movie. See more »


Lila Thorne: I may have come from gorillas, but that doesn't mean I have to mix with them socially!
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References You Can't Take It With You (1938) See more »

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27 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Lady and the Mob, The (1939)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Slight but mildly entertaining comedy about an elderly woman (Fay Bainter) who grows sick and tired of the gangsters taking over her city so she forms her own gang to run them out of town. This film runs just 65-minutes and for the most part it moves along pretty good, although the ending gets dragged out longer than it should have. Bainter is good in her role but a young Ida Lupino seems out of place and fails at all of her comedy scenes. Seeing as when this film was released, there's some big speeches about standing up for your country, taking down dictators and other things to that nature. Joe Sawyer plays one of the woman's gang members. Another interesting tidbit is that this Columbia picture also shows off another one of their films, You Can't Take It With You, during one scene.

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