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Nedrick Young (screenplay)
Stanley Rubin (story)
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Release Date:
14 September 1946 (USA) See more »
She Treats Men the Way They've Been Treating Women for Years!
A mortally wounded female gangster recounts how she and her gang revived an executed killer from the gas chamber, to try and find out where he buried a fortune in cash. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Jean Gillie ... Margot Shelby (as Miss Jean Gillie)
Edward Norris ... Jim Vincent

Robert Armstrong ... Frankie Olins
Herbert Rudley ... Dr. Lloyd L. Craig

Sheldon Leonard ... Police Sgt. Joe Portugal
Marjorie Woodworth ... Craig's Nurse
Philip Van Zandt ... Tommy (as Phil Van Zandt)
Carole Donne ... Waitress
John Shay ... Al
Bert Roach ... Mack - Bartender
Rosemary Bertrand ... Ruth
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walden Boyle ... Chaplain (uncredited)
Martin Cichy ... Policeman (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Trucker at Roadside Inn (uncredited)
Franco Corsaro ... Kelsey (uncredited)
Madge Crane ... 1st Visitor (uncredited)
Dick Elliott ... Driver (uncredited)
Virginia Farmer ... Georgia - Margot's Maid (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jody Gilbert ... Mrs. Noonan (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Betty Lou Head ... 2nd Visitor (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Louis Mason ... Thin Morgue Attendant (uncredited)
Austin McCoy ... Piano Player (uncredited)
Don McCracken ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Kenneth Patterson ... Pete - Morgue Driver (uncredited)
Albert Petit ... Waiter (uncredited)
William Ruhl ... Prison Gate Guard (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Prison Attendant (uncredited)
William Self ... Station Attendant (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Ferris Taylor ... Benny - Fat Morgue Attendant (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Policeman at Roadblock (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... Counterman (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Bernhard 
Writing credits
Nedrick Young (screenplay) (as Ned Young)

Stanley Rubin (story)

Produced by
Jack Bernhard .... producer
Bernard Brandt .... producer
Cinematography by
L. William O'Connell (director of photography) (as L.W. O'Connell)
Film Editing by
Jason H. Bernie  (as Jason Bernie)
Costume Design by
Lorraine MacLean (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Lorraine MacLean .... hair stylist
Milburn Morante .... makeup artist (as M. Morante)
Production Management
Glenn Cook .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William A. Calihan Jr. .... assistant director (as Wm. Callihan)
Art Department
Dave Milton .... set designer
Sound Department
Tom Lambert .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Mario Castegnaro .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Larry Glickman .... special optical effects (uncredited)
Music Department
Edward J. Kay .... musical director
Crew believed to be complete

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76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
USA:Approved (PCA #11768, Adult Audience)

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The movie was largely unavailable for viewing from 1970 to 2000, and since its rediscovery has acquired cult status.See more »
Boom mic visible: As the camera dollies up on Sgt. Portugal as he reads the note taken from the money box, you can clearly she the shadow of the boom microphone go across his face.See more »
Sergeant Joe Portugal:[Reading a note] To you who double-crossed me... I leave this dollar for your trouble. The rest of the dough, I leave to the worms.See more »
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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
'Margot' Is One Mean, Money-Hungry 'Mother', 4 September 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This movie, recently made available through a set of film noirs (Volume 4) packaged with two on each disc, gets points for originality. I mean, how many movies - much less film noirs - do you see someone executed, then brought back to life, then shot in the back minutes later? Now that's what you call having a rough day!

Robert Armstrong's "Frank Olins" had to endure all that one day. He's the crook who has the money stashed away somewhere and "Margot Shelby" (Jean Gille) is the woman who is bound-and-determined to get it - all of it. "Frank" claims a few times that if he isn't going get the money when he gets out of jail, nobody will and those aren't words that "Margot" wants to hear! Frank knew this dame and other members of his gang, most notably "Jim Vincent" (Edward Norris) were not trustworthy.

Well, he certainly was right about "Margot." She's the femme fatale - one mean mother - who has only one thing on her mind: money. She never wants to return to her old, poor, dingy ways of her youth in small town England. Now, she's in America, part of gang and she knows how to manipulate men. Of course it helps to be extremely pretty and have a great body, which she does. She plays the men and, most noirs, the ending is not particularly a happy one for most of the characters in this story.

Personally, in this film I enjoyed seeing a lot of familiar faces from TV programs and such of the 1950s, beginning with a young Sheldon Leonard who plays the tough, pursing cop in this movie. I also thought Armstrong sounded a lot better than in his early '30s adventure stories. Speaking of sound, the music in here was ill-timed, dominating some scenes which took away from the dialog.

Make no mistake, though: this is Gilles' movie. For classic movie fans and particular film noir buffs, this is worth checking out. It's always fun to see a new "face," and that certainly applies to Gillis, whose character reminded me a bit of Peggy Cummins' one in "Gun Crazy."

I thought the ending of this film - the final minute - was especially good. So many times, you get the ending that doesn't stay true to the main character, but this one did.

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