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Lady Gangster (1942)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 1 April 1942 (USA)
Dot Burton (Faye Emerson)has acted as a decoy in a bank robbery and fails to get away. Her arrest attracts the attention of Ken Phillips (Frank Wilcox), a former childhood sweetheart who ... See full summary »

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(as Florian Roberts)

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(screenplay) (as Anthony Coldewey), (play) | 1 more credit »
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Myrtle Reed
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Kenneth Phillips
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Carey Wells
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Wilson (as Jackie C. Gleason)
Ruth Ford ...
Lucy Fenton
Virginia Brissac ...
Mrs. Stoner
Dorothy Vaughan ...
Jenkins
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Deaf Annie
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John (as DeWolf Hopper)
Vera Lewis ...
Ma Silsby
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D.A. Lewis Sinton
Peggy Diggins ...
Mary
Charles C. Wilson ...
Detective (as Charles Wilson)
William 'Bill' Phillips ...
Stew (as Bill Phillips)
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Dot Burton (Faye Emerson)has acted as a decoy in a bank robbery and fails to get away. Her arrest attracts the attention of Ken Phillips (Frank Wilcox), a former childhood sweetheart who believe her innocent until she confesses. But before going to jail she manages to steal the bank's $40,000 from her accomplices and leaves it with her landlady. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama

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1 April 1942 (USA)  »

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La dama pistolera  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Mrs. Stoner: So the quicker you realize that this i neither a country club nor a concentration camp, the better. It's up to the women themselves how they're treated. If you behave yourself, we'll meet you more than halfway, but if you want to be tough, we can be tough with you. Now, is that clear?
Dorothy Drew Burton: Yes.
Mrs. Stoner: Yes, what?
Dorothy Drew Burton: Yes, Ma'am.
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Remake of Ladies They Talk About (1933) See more »

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Blues in the Night
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Music by Harold Arlen
Played when Burton is told she's getting a visit from her sister
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Ladies in cages
11 September 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

It's the "Women in Cages" of the 40's starring the lean, wide-eyed, prominent cheek-boned, raven-maned beauty Faye Emerson as an aspiring actress who participates in a bank robbery, is caught and then incarcerated for her role but not before hiding the stash from her associates. Whilst in gaol she befriends fellow inmate (Bishop) and is misled in her attempts to get paroled by her jealous nemesis (Ford). Eventually she hatches a plot to escape and recover her share of the booty, but her former accomplices have other ideas.

Emerson is a magnetic personality, arguably better than the B-standard plot, though it's her genuine charm and timing that make her the perfect fit as the slightly naive southern girl, able to improvise in order to make all ends meet. Frank Wilcox co-stars as her would-be suitor whose attempts to keep her out of gaol always seem to fail. Good to see William Hopper (the future "Perry Mason" detective) in a minor role as a radio announcer, and Jackie Gleason as a sympathetic crook.

The momentum is ideal with no time wasted on long, pensive reaction shots or banal and obsolete melodrama - it's light, focused and frenetic and as a consequence, oddly compelling. Emerson, Bishop and Ford all play their roles with aplomb, turning an otherwise mediocre women's prison movie into an entertaining hour.


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