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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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Henry Armetta ...
Warren Hymer ...
Harold Huber ...
Forbes Murray ...
District Attorney
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
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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.' 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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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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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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 »

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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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Fast, fun little comedy
27 June 2007 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

This tidy, short little comedy starts with a romantic comedy premise: beautiful and young Ida Lupino (at the beginning of her career) has to visit her prospective mother-in-law from Hell, strong-willed Fay Bainter (at the height of her career and fame), who had broken all of her son's previous engagements. Bainter immediately begins treating Lupino as a secretary. But when Bainter learns that her dry cleaner, Henry Armetta, is being shaken down by a mob protective association, Bainter becomes determined to break the mob herself, and recruits her own mob to fight them. It's fast and funny, and has a delightful cast of character actors playing their tough-guy roles with their tongues firmly in their cheeks; its tone is captured in the telegraph Young sends to her fiancée, Lee Bowman, "Is there insanity in your family? Return at once."


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