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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 »

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Complete credited cast:
... Jenny
... Steve Dutton
... Amah
... Dan Reynolds
... Dan McAllister
... Willie Gleason
... O'Hoolihan
... Weaver
... Sandoval
... Capt. of Police
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louise De Friese
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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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$286,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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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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Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

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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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A very dramatic look at life.
14 September 2014 | by See 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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