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Lady Scarface (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 26 September 1941 (USA)
Lieutenant Bill Mason pursues a Chicago gang to New York unaware that its scar-cheeked leader Slade is a woman.

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Lt. Bill Mason
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Slade
Frances E. Neal ...
Ann Rogers (as Frances Neal)
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Mary Jordan Powell
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Mr. Hartford
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Lefty Landers
Damian O'Flynn ...
Lt. Onslow
Andrew Tombes ...
Art Seidel - hotel detective
Marion Martin ...
Ruby - aka Mary Jordan
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James 'Jimmy' Powell
Arthur Shields ...
Matt Willis
Lee Bonnell ...
George Atkins
Harry Burns ...
Big 'Sem' Semenoff
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Mullen (as Horace MacMahon)
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A Chicago gang led by scar-cheeked Slade carries out an audacious brokerage robbery. Lieut. Bill Mason takes the case, continuing his friendly-enemy relationship with crime reporter Ann Rogers. One gang member is caught; eventually, others follow. But Mason hasn't a clue to Slade, principally because he's unaware she's a woman. The plot periodically pauses for comic and romantic interludes. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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More deadly than the male! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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26 September 1941 (USA)  »

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La capitana Cara Cortada  »

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Modern sources claim the screenplay was based on the movie, Wanted! Jane Turner (1936). See more »

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At the end, a newspaper photo of Mr. and Mrs. Powell is shown. The caption erroneously identifies Slade as male. See more »

Quotes

Ann Rogers: But you already agreed!
Lt. Bill Mason: I know I agreed, but I'm no longer agreeing because you're off this case!
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Remake of Wanted! Jane Turner (1936) See more »

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Nice Surprise!
11 September 2002 | by (Arenys de Mar, Catalonia, Spain) – See all my reviews

Here's one more little jewel from the RKO collection. An exciting thriller, well plotted, amusing and concise (it hardly arrives to 70 minutes!).

But what makes this film so special is its revolutionary treatment of the noir's conventions and the advanced-for-its-times feminist touch: here, the devious gangster is a woman (fantastic Judith Anderson)instead of a man, opposite to a brave female journalist who will help the police to catch her. The film deals admirably with the confusion game, relaying on the male centric point of view in noir's genre only to turn it down: the male main characters appear here as incompetent (those policemen who think they go after a man because they can't bear the idea of being defeated by a woman) and weak (the whole male gang is completely dominated by the powerful lady Scarface).

Without doubts, "Lady Scarface" is one to watch! Don't miss either "The Curtain Call", from the same director, Frank Woodruff, and a funny screenplay by Dalton Trumbo.


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