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Lady Scarface (1941)

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Lieutenant Bill Mason pursues a Chicago gang to New York unaware that its scar-cheeked leader Slade is a woman.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dennis O'Keefe ...
Lt. Bill Mason
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Slade
Frances E. Neal ...
Ann Rogers (as Frances Neal)
Mildred Coles ...
Mary Jordan Powell
Eric Blore ...
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
Horace McMahon ...
Mullen (as Horace MacMahon)
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Storyline

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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26 September 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La dama de la cicatriu  »

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Trivia

A hood is seen with an envelope addressed to the Leonard Sheldon Hotel. This is an obvious reference to actor Sheldon Leonard who was not in this film but was well known for playing toughs at this time. 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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Dame Judith Anderson too big for this little crime programmer
19 January 2003 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

`Always leave them wanting more' is one of the hoary axioms of show business, but why there isn't more of Lady Scarface in Lady Scarface is a better mystery than anything the movie has to offer. The title role, a tough Chicago mob boss, falls to Judith Anderson, who more often than not was the best thing in any movie where she happened to appear (e.g. her Mrs. Danvers in Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca). Title character or no, she takes second billing to Dennis O'Keefe as a minion of the law pursuing her; the billing accurately reflects the screen time each is allotted.

It's a pity, since, apart from Anderson, Lady Scarface is just another print struck from the template of light crime programmers. The bulk of the movie has to do with O'Keefe's following money to New York in order to smoke out the gang. And, to cover all the bases, there's mistaken identity involving a newlywed couple; comic relief in the form of a beef-witted hotel detective and fussy Eric Blore; and a matey romance between O'Keefe and Frances Neal.

But Anderson took her assignments seriously; she brings the same steel to Lady Scarface as she would later to Lady Macbeth. (The movie could have settled for a lesser villain, and Anderson should have held out for a better movie.) The last scene, in which she steals into the Leonard Sheldon Hotel disguised as a chambermaid, looks very much like the final confrontation between James Bond and Rosa Klebb in From Russia With Love. Was that an hommage, or just a steal?


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