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Queen of the Mob (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 28 June 1940 (USA)


(as James Hogan)


(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
FBI Agent Scott Langham
Blanche Yurka ...
Ma Webster
George Frost
Ethel Webster (as Jean Cagney)
Bert Webster
Charlie Webster
Tom Webster
Mrs. Emily Sturgis
Eddie Webster
FBI Agent Ross Waring
Mr. Reier
Paul Stanton ...
Mr. Edmonds - Bank Manager
Tommy Conley ...
Billy Webster
Charles R. Moore ...
Cocktail Party Butler (as Charles Moore)


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Release Date:

28 June 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La emperatriz del hampa  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Unknown Gem From Paramount
30 May 2013 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

A taut, tense crime melodrama from Paramount - which is probably why no one has heard of it. As the website tells us, Universal owns all Paramount films made between 1929 and 1949, and apparently holds them all hostage in a vault somewhere. But here is one they should release, as it is better than your average gangster picture. Much better.

Ma Webster (Blanche Yurka) is the head of a family of 30's bank robbers, and she is riveting in the role. Tough and gutsy, she leads authorities on a chase through several states. She is a martinet and rules her five sons with an iron hand. Also in the gang is J. Carroll Naish. He is insubordinate and a malcontent, but she puts up with him because he is a cold-blooded killer who will cover for her boys during bank robberies.

"Queen Of The Mob" is Blanche Yurka's picture and could be the meatiest role she ever had - even more so than Mme. DeFarge in "A Tale Of Two Cities". The FBI agents tracking her gang are Ralph Bellamy and assisted by Jack Carson. It is an intense, violent study of 30's crime and criminals and the men sworn to bring them to justice.

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