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The Lady in Red (1979)

R | | Action, Drama, Romance | July 1979 (USA)
1930's gangster era film about Dillinger and his last girl. Written by John Sayles.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Lingle
Rose Shimkus
Rod Gist ...
Peter Hobbs ...
Pops Geissler
Nancy Parsons ...
Tiny Alice (as Nancy Anne Parsons)
Alan Vint ...
Milt Kogan ...
Chip Fields ...
Buck Young ...


1930's gangster era film about Dillinger and his last girl. Written by John Sayles.

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She's made of bullets, sin & bathtub gin! See more »


Action | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

July 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Guns, Sin and Bathtub Gin  »

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$400,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film performed poorly at the box office. Roger Corman re-released it in 1980 under the title "Guns, Sin and Bathtub Gin" but it did not fare much better. See more »


When Polly is recruiting Pops for one last bank job, the mannequin in the shop window behind them can be seen moving slightly. On his audio commentary, director Lewis Teague reveals that they didn't have an actual mannequin on set, so the make-up girl was asked to pose as one. See more »


[first lines]
Polly Franklin: In the heart of little old New York, You'll find a thoroughfare. It's the part of little old New York That runs into Times Square. A crazy quilt that "Wall Street Jack" built, If you've got a little time to spare, I want to take you there. Come and meet those dancing feet, On the avenue I'm taking you to, Forty-Second Street.
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References Treasure Island (1934) See more »


Forty-Second Street
Music by Harry Warren
Courtesy Warner Bros. Music
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Fun, Thrills, and Wholesale Cheese
17 August 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Clearly a product of the Corman School, Sayles's first major screenplay shows that he already knew how to tell a great story from an interesting angle, something he has never forgotten how to do.

Director Teague keeps the pace rattling along, and hammers the message home fast (he was an occasional assistant to Sam Fuller, of course).

The plot's quite straightforward, and all the better so - this packs something of the punch of the 30's classic gangster films, but with distinctly 70's sensibilities to violence.

Where the film becomes more interesting than your average low-budget 'gangster-exploiter', however, is in the telling of the story through her eyes, rather than his (a distinctly 70's approach). Yet it's wonderfully ambiguous, on reflection, as to whether the film champions her willingness to break away and start acting for herself (she's a great strong character), or whether she just goes from one woman in peril situation to the other (which is the plot, basically).

I've probably over-analyzed it already, but if you've got a spare hour and a half on your hands, give it a chance. A classic of its kind.

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