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Gallant Lady (1942)

Approved | | Drama | 29 May 1942 (USA)
A female doctor is sent to prison for a mercy killing. She manages to escape, get married and lead a model life, but one day her secret is exposed.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Carey
Claire Rochelle ...
Lucy Walker
Jack Baxley ...
Sheriff Verner
Crane Whitley ...
Pete Saunders
Judge Stevens
Luke Walker
Richard Clarke ...
Nick Morelli
Spec O'Donnell ...
Ben Walker
Inez Cole ...
Pat McKee ...
Jed Hicks
Ruby Dandridge ...


Dr. Rosemary Walsh, in the last months of a four-year sentence at a state prison farm after being convicted of a mercy killing, is taken hostage when gangsters Nick Morelli and Baldy break their molls Nellie and Jane out of the prison farm. Released on a country road, and determined to go back as she only has a month to serve, Rosemary comes upon a shack near a swamp and sets the broken leg of Luke Walker. When local doctor and plantation owner Steve Carey arrives, he quickly realizes that Rosemary is the escaped fugitive that the prison officials think was part of the plot engineered by Nick and Baldy. Steve takes her to his plantation and she resigns herself to the situation as she at least has a hiding place. She assists Steve in his lab work and goes with him on hunting and fishing trips, but there is soon gossip in the countryside and nearby towns that Doctor Steve has a woman living with him. Steve proposes marriage and she accepts and they go to the town clerk for a marriage ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

29 May 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Prison Girls  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecasts of this film in the New York City area occurred 22 October 1945 on pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1) and Monday 11 November 1946 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). See more »

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She shouldn't have been on a chain gang in the first place.
25 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's obvious to me that the writer of this enjoyable but unbelievable drama really took liberties in having doctor Rose Hobart work in a field for her alleged crime of what is now known as mercy killing. She is handcuffed to another inmate who grabs the guard's rifle just as her gangster boyfriend comes up. Hobart ends up in a small town where she falls in love with one of the more respected townsfolk (Sidney Blackmer) but pictures of her floating around eventually have her exposed even though Blackmer knows and doesn't care. Hobart's old cellmates come back into her life while she's on the run and Blackmer's on trial, giving the possibility that this time around, she will be guilty of an actual crime.

Rose Hobart had possibilities in the early 1930's of becoming a great star, but her own political background prevented the that from occurring. She gets to play a truly believable character here, but is defeated by an odd story and mixed up script. It seems that every time the scene changes, she's gone from one crisis directly into another, and eventually, within the confines of this rather short drama, it just becomes way too absurd to believe. Blackmer's black housekeeper is either supposed to be really smart pretending to be an idiot, or really is an idiot in the courtroom sequence. Of the remainder of the cast, only Vince Barnett deserves mention as one of the gang members who provides comic relief while showing a sadomasochistic violent streak. A truly odd film to put it mildly.

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