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Frisco Jenny (1932)

Unrated | | Drama | 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
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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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Drama

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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Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print length)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

George Brent was originally cast opposite Ruth Chatterton but withdrew to star in 42nd Street (1933). 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

Miss Tessie: Business was very gratifying this month.
Frisco Jenny Sandoval: Conventions always help.
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Connections

Featured in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
(uncredited)
Written by James Milton Black
Sung by Good Book Charlie's band with Jenny and Amah
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A very dramatic look at life.
14 September 2014 | by captainron49See all my reviews

This is a tale of poverty born of disaster and the will to overcome that poverty by very questionable means resulting in extremely dire consequences, protecting the innocent, then facing the justice system for misguided and illicit criminal actions all in the name of "trying to do the right thing." Because of her will to survive to feed her baby, Jenny's life takes an ill fated turn that results in society becoming her judge, jury and executioner for her seemingly heroic actions. In the end, she takes her secret to the gallows, but only for the love for her beloved son. All traces of that love and devotion are lost forever, yet her undying love still remains a shining tribute to her extreme devotion to motherhood.


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