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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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Nancy Johnson
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Judge Michael T. Mallory
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Tom Adams
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Mrs. Maria Barton
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Billie LaRue
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Gwen
Doris Dudley ...
Winnie
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Dora
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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Prison Farm  »

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This film received its earliest documented telecast in the New York City area Saturday 26 July 1947 on WCBS (Channel 2). In Los Angeles it was first telecast Sunday 13 February 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

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Lost to wartime flag waving
11 May 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It's unfortunate that City Without Men could not have been made post WWII. Sadly a lot of very dated flag waving gets caught up in what could have been an interesting story.

Michael Duane is a tugboat captain who gets caught with a couple of Nipponese gentlemen on his craft and is arrested. He gets five years in prison for stuff I think a smart lawyer could have beaten even war time.

His fiancé Linda Darnell moves to a boardinghouse to be near him run by Sara Allgood whose husband is in the same prison doing a life sentence. Among other roomers it are Glenda Farrell and Margaret Hamilton. It looks a whole lot like the theatrical boardinghouse in Stage Door with all the personalities. But there's no eager hope for a career with these women, they're down and outers and they know it.

Darnell has her hopes pinned on drunken attorney Edgar Buchanan and that's not much.

This was a somewhat interesting story done of course on the cheap. It lost me however when Edgar Buchanan started waving the flag and drawing illusions to the occupation of Manchuria to Pearl Harbor with this man's case. Today's audiences would be howling in laughter.

Sadly some real potential is lost in wartime flag waving.


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