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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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Sheila Seymour
Paul Kelly ...
Colonel Pete Martin
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Whitey Colton
Gertrude Michael ...
Gladys Smith
Teala Loring ...
Connie Seymour
Bernard Nedell ...
Spike Malone
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Joe Agnew
Matty Fain ...
Louie Moranto
Jonathan Hale ...
Brig. General H. N. Gilbert
Selmer Jackson ...
Deacon Sam
Terry Frost ...
George Shields
Reid Kilpatrick ...
Philip Van Brook
Doris Lloyd ...
Alice Van Brook
Marcelle Corday ...
Madame Gaston
Evelyn Eaton ...
Ann Farley
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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!

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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8 November 1945 (USA)  »

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Allotment Wives, Inc.  »

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1.37 : 1
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Sheila Seymour: [last words as she dies after having been shot] Nice shooting.
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Widow's windfalls
13 January 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Allotment Wives has Kay Francis toiling for Monogram Pictures and running a special kind of clip joint racket tailored to servicemen. The hostesses are to seduce and marry lonely GIs and get those allotment checks should the servicemen be killed. Quite a cute little racket and the Army has sent Paul Kelly in to investigate and he's going under the guise of a newspaper reporter covering a story about how we're seeing the comforts of our men in uniform.

Her partner in crime is Otto Kruger and Kay has unfortunately one bitter enemy from when she was serving time in Gertrude Michael. Kay also has an Achilles heel and it's her daughter Teala Loring. Kay's sent her to an exclusive college and she's kept her business a secret from Loring. But the daughter has proved to be a wild child and I don't think I need go further.

For a Monogram film it's not bad and Francis, Kelly, and Kruger do deliver good performances. And certainly the topic was a timely one. Many women got widow's windfalls as a result of a hurried romance during wartime. It's just that Kay is putting it on an organized basis.

Still though the production values are typical Monogram, practically non-existent. The film is quite a come down from when Kay Francis was a big name at Paramount and later Warner Brothers.


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