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Allotment Wives (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 8 November 1945 (USA)
Story of women who marry GIs just so they can receive the soldiers' pay and their life insurance if they are killed in action.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheila Seymour
Colonel Pete Martin
Whitey Colton
Gladys Smith
Connie Seymour
Spike Malone
Joe Agnew
Matty Fain ...
Louie Moranto
Brig. General H. N. Gilbert
Deacon Sam
George Shields
Reid Kilpatrick ...
Philip Van Brook
Doris Lloyd ...
Alice Van Brook
Madame Gaston
Evelyn Eaton ...
Ann Farley


Story of women who marry GIs just so they can receive the soldiers' pay and their life insurance if they are killed in action.

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They're Pretty To Look At . . . But POISON To Love!


Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


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Release Date:

8 November 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Allotment Wives, Inc.  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Wednesday 1 March 1950 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). See more »


Sheila Seymour: [last words as she dies after having been shot] Nice shooting.
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7 March 2003 | by (Forestville, Ca) – See all my reviews

Many film buffs consider this the best of Kay Francis' "Monogram Trilogy". It's a good companion piece for MILDRED PIERCE (also 1945) -- only ALLOTMENT WIVES has a harder edge -- Kay Francis is tougher, in a more complex role. She looks slim and stylish here as she leads a crime syndicate while fronting with a chic salon. The film is full of surprises and suspense. Excellent support comes from Teala Loring as Kay's troubled daughter who is kept from harms way at a private girls school. Their scenes together have a genuine feeling that allows sympathy for their situation and struggle. Kay's final scene on the staircase is a classic and her exit line is a memorable one. Gertrude Michael does a fine job as Kay's long lost friend out to do her no good. Her character throws more sympathy Kay's way even though Kay herself has a cold-blooded side in a losing "man's" game.

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