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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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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
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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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Crime | Drama | Music | Romance

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Trivia

Bernhard Kaun composed special music for the trailer. See more »

Goofs

At the 51 minute mark, Jenny is talking to her friend about finding a girl with a really loud voice. The veil of Jenny's hat falls down over her face, but as she leans in to whisper to her friend, her veil has been lifted back, but Jenny did not touch the veil. See more »

Quotes

Miss Jessie: Miss Jenny, where do you get this delicious coffee?
Frisco Jenny Sandoval: Special Goldberg-Bowen.
Madam: It's delicious! I must get some for my girls. They're inveterate coffee drinkers. Why, they're almost addicts.
Miss Jessie: That's less injurious than opium, my dear.
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Connections

Featured in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
(uncredited)
Written by James Allen Bland (1878)
Sung in the tent camp after the earthquake
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Ruth Chatterton is early pre-code film
28 March 2009 | by sdave7596See all my reviews

"Frisco Jenny" released in 1932, stars Ruth Chatterton as a woman who has a child out of wedlock amidst the turmoil after the San Francisco earthquake in 1906. The disaster leaves her in poverty, so she has no choice but to give the baby boy to a loving and wealthy couple. "Jenny" then fights her way out of poverty through bootlegging, prostitution, and other unsavory deeds. This of course leads her to associate with some corrupt folks. It all gets quite complicated, but Jenny is tried for murder of one of these folks. Then lo and behold, the prosecutor who goes after her is -- you guessed it -- none other than her now grown and successful son (Donald Cook). Interestingly, Chatterton starred just three years earlier in a similar film, Madame X. This film is "pre-code" meaning before the motion picture code was enforced in 1934. These films were considered controversial for the time, as issues like sex, drugs, and other things were more honestly and openly displayed. Chatterton gives a good performance here, and the film is entertaining. What surprised me most is William Wellman directed it. Although most known for his macho films, Wellman showed he could also direct women's pictures and fine dramas like the original "A Star is Born."


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1933 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$286,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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