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Frisco Jenny (1932)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Music | 14 January 1933 (USA)
Frisco Jenny was orphaned by the 1906 earthquake and fire and has become the madame of a prosperous bawdy house. She puts her son up for adoption and he rises to prominence as district ... See full summary »

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Wilson Mizner (screenplay), Robert Lord (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ruth Chatterton ... Jenny
Louis Calhern ... Steve Dutton
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Amah
Donald Cook ... Dan Reynolds
James Murray ... Dan McAllister
Hallam Cooley ... Willie Gleason
Pat O'Malley ... O'Hoolihan
Harold Huber ... Weaver
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Sandoval
Willard Robertson ... Capt. of Police
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louise De Friese Louise De Friese ... Saloon Girl
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Storyline

Frisco Jenny was orphaned by the 1906 earthquake and fire and has become the madame of a prosperous bawdy house. She puts her son up for adoption and he rises to prominence as district attorney dedicated to closing down such houses. When her underling Dutton proposes telling the DA that Frisco Jenny is his birth mother, she kills the underling not to cause trouble for her son now the successful DA, she must face execution. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Common Ground See more »

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Budget:

$286,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (Turner library print length)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Saturday 20 October 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Indianapolis Thursday 15 November 1956 on WISH (Channel 8), in Albuquerque Saturday 8 December 1956 on KOAT (Channel 7), in Boston Wednesday 12 December 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), and again in Albuquerque Saturday 29 December 1956 on KGGM (Channel 13). See more »

Goofs

After the coroner tells the photographer to take a picture of a recently murdered man who died with his eyes open, the actor playing the dead man visibly blinks twice. See more »

Quotes

Frisco Jenny Sandoval: Cellars of Chinatown. Yeah, I was there. So was he. It was there I gave him life. He gives me death.
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Soundtracks

My Gal Sal
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Written by Paul Dresser
Sung by a chorus during the opening credits and at the end
Played and sung often throughout the picture
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Essential viewing for Ruth Chatterton fans (all three of you)
12 July 2000 | by Matt-293See all my reviews

Ruth Chatterton was a fascinating early '30s leading lady - she was quite average looking and somewhat chubby, with a brittle, theatrical acting style that hasn't dated very well. And yet, there's something in every one of her performances that's worth watching. She specialized in hard-edged, independent women of the type that Bette Davis would later do with much more depth and sympathy. "Frisco Jenny" was typical of Chatterton's Warner Brothers vehicles, with a shopworn "women's picture" storyline that gave her plenty of opportunities to grit her teeth and snap off at characters who got in her way. Nice direction by William Wellman, with a well-placed earthquake to add


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