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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.



(original screenplay) (as Arnaud D'Usseau), (original screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Lt. Bill Mason
Frances E. Neal ...
Ann Rogers (as Frances Neal)
Mary Jordan Powell
Mr. Hartford
Lefty Landers
Lt. Onslow
Andrew Tombes ...
Art Seidel - hotel detective
Ruby - aka Mary Jordan
James 'Jimmy' Powell
Matt Willis
Lee Bonnell ...
George Atkins
Harry Burns ...
Big 'Sem' Semenoff
Mullen (as Horace MacMahon)


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 »


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

26 September 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La capitana Cara Cortada  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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


Ann Rogers: [after being rescued] Whew! I don't know what I'd do without you, Lieutenant. Say, how'd you find me here anyway?
Lt. Bill Mason: What d'you think a police department's for? Or maybe someday you'll learn to keep your nose out of our business.
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Poor Dennis O'Keefe!!! He deserved so much better!
23 November 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a totally forgettable film thanks to poor writing and a clichéd female character. Even worse, fans of Film Noir (like myself) might mistakenly think that this is Film Noir because it stars Dennis O'Keefe--an actor who made his mark in this genre. Considering that O'Keefe plays a cop, it is natural to assume this is yet another example of this exciting style of film. Unfortunately, instead of the great camera work, snappy dialog and dark content, this is an occasionally insipid film that is very forgettable.

The film begins well--with a nasty lady and her gang committing robbery and murder. So far, it SEEMED like Noir. But, despite the title, the emphasis in the film was not on this evil wench but on police work done by O'Keefe and the other cops to catch the gang. This wasn't necessarily a bad choice, but the addition of a "spunky" (think OBNOXIOUS) female reporter to tag along with O'Keefe for most of the film was a big mistake. Her character was a giant walking cliché--you know, the 1940s "petulent woman who THINKS she can make it in a man's world". In fact, she's a lot like Lois Lane but without Superman to save her butt every time she stupidly blunders into trouble. This character single-handedly set back women's equality for a decade.

So what you are left with is a film that is at best a time-passer due to poor writing. Do NOT assume that just because the ever-capable O'Keefe is in this film that it is a winner--it definitely isn't.

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