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Panama Lady (1939)

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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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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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Release Date:

12 May 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Junglens Hemmelighed  »

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(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Lucy: You know what I always say?
McTeague: No.
Lucy: That's right.
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Remake of Panama Flo (1932) See more »


There's No Place Like Home (Home, Sweet Home)
(1823) (uncredited)
Music partly composed, and arranged by H.R. Bishop from a Sicilian air
Lyrics by John Howard Payne (1823)
Lyrics partially spoken by Abner Biberman
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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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