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City Without Men (1943)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 14 January 1943 (USA)
A young woman's husband has been imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. In order to be near him to try to help him get his sentence overturned, she moves into a boardinghouse near the prison whose residents are the wives of inmates.

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Judge Michael T. Mallory
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Mrs. Maria Barton
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Doris Dudley ...
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Constance Worth ...
Elsie
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Mrs. Slade
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Monk LaRue
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Father Burns
Oscar O'Shea ...
Joseph Barton
Clyde Fillmore ...
Senator Malloy
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A young woman's husband has been imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. In order to be near him to try to help him get his sentence overturned, she moves into a boardinghouse near the prison whose residents are the wives of inmates.

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WOMEN FIGHTING LIKE TIGRESSES...FOR A LOVE THE LAW WOULD DENY THEM! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Crime | Drama

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14 January 1943 (USA)  »

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Prison Farm  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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For lip-readers only
9 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

Picture quality on Alpha DVD release is terrible but garbled soundtrack is even worse. Almost like watching a primitive foreign-language talkie in a language not yet recognized. Basic situation--a boarding house full of girlfriends, wives, and mothers of convicts living across the street from a prison where their men are impounded--has possibilities (think "Stage Door" on visitors' day) but it's impossible to understand what Linda Darnell, Glenda Farrell, Margaret Hamilton (in change-of-pace role as a sassy beer-swilling card cheat), etc. are saying 80 percent of the time. (And what was Darnell doing in a Poverty Row clinker like this at this point in her career?) Odd little film with early David Raksin score, light years away from his "Laura" panache just a few years later.


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