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Lady Gangster (1942)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 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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(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 | Film-Noir

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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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Blues in the Night
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Music by Harold Arlen
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More Like Monogram than Warner's
10 July 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A budding actress helps a crew of bankrobbers, after which she's sent to prison, where she uses her wits to get a pardon.

The 60-minutes comes across more like a Monogram production instead of the gangster experts at Warner Bros. The main problem lies with the flick's lack of grit. There's really no one to menace the audience as would be expected. As the lead player, Emerson lacks even a hint of fire, which leaves an affable blank where an igniting spark should be. The supporting players too-- with one notable exception-- are pretty bland, along with a sloppy script, as other reviewers point out. Then too, the hulking guy in drag is a hoot that should fool no one, especially canny prison guards.

On the other hand, the prison's dayroom scenes are colorful and lively, and compensate somewhat. Director Florey also shows some flair with the staircase brawl, and especially with Dorothy Adams' lip-reading angles. However, to me, Ruth Ford (Lucy) absolutely steals the film. She injects real life and personality into her prison snitch role that provides a lift to the proceedings (and with a pony-tail, no less). I can see why she was an Orson Welles favorite. I'll look for her from now on.

All in all, the movie's rather limp for Warner Bros. and its gangster theme specialty. Wisely, Emerson transitioned from movies to early TV where her low-cut gowns suddenly got men interested in panel shows. Too bad wardrobe missed the opportunity here. It would have been big compensation.


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