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Panama Lady (1939)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 12 May 1939 (USA)
A weary dance-hall girl in a Panama saloon hooks up with a rough-and-tumble oil driller, who takes her to his oil-field in the jungle to show her what "real" life is like.

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A weary dance-hall girl in a Panama saloon hooks up with a rough-and-tumble oil driller, who takes her to his oil-field in the jungle to show her what "real" life is like.

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GLAMOUR OF THE TROPICS!..THAT FADED INTO SINISTER GLITTER! (original print ad-all caps_ See more »

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12 May 1939 (USA)  »

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Junglens Hemmelighed  »

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Quotes

Lucy: You know what I always say?
McTeague: No.
Lucy: That's right.
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Remake of Panama Flo (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Wishing (Will Make It So)
(1939) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva
Played in Joe's cafe before and after the flashback
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Not-bad little proto-noir with a hardbitten Lucy
8 May 2000 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

1940's The Stranger on the Third Floor is usually cited as Hollywood's earliest example of true noir style, but here's a movie from a year earlier that also incorporates a guilt-ridden protagonist with a past, first-person narration, and a flashback structure. Both were probably inspired by the French film Pepe le Moko (1938), but since this is a remake of a 1931 film called Panama Flo, who knows whether they weren't all present in that version as well? In any case, it's quite a decent little B that gives Lucy one of her toughest and most downbeat dramatic parts, on a par with Dance Girl Dance; if you only know her for her later comedy days, it's well worth seeing these early roles to see the kind of realistic blue-collar gal in the Ginger Rogers mode which she played very well.


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