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Ladies They Talk About (1933)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 4 February 1933 (USA)
Attractive Nan, member of a bank-robbery gang, goes to prison thanks to evangelist Dave Slade...who loves her.

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Complete credited cast:
... Nan Taylor
... David Slade (as Preston S. Foster)
... Don
... Susie
... Linda
... Aunt Maggie
... Noonan
... Lefty Simons
... District Attorney Walter Simpson
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Gun moll Nan Taylor, caught after an otherwise successful bank robbery, falls for radio crusader David Slade and confides her guilt to him. Much to her surprise, he turns her in. As a "new fish" at San Quentin, Nan fits right in, but won't see Slade, who still loves her. Then she learns that her former partners in crime, Don and Dutch, are on the other side of the wall in the men's section...and have an escape plan. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Remade by Warner Bros. as Lady Gangster (1942) with Faye Emerson. See more »

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While she waits for her co-conspirators to break through the wall in her cell, Nan is shown starting the gramophone twice. See more »

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District Attorney: I've known David Slade, around this town, for the last ten years and you're the first skirt I ever saw him go for.
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St. Louis Blues
(1914) (uncredited)
Written by W.C. Handy
Played during the opening credits and at the end
Sung offscreen by Etta Moten in a prison sequence
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Barbara Stanwyck behind bars
25 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Barbara Stanwyck is a front for bank robbers who winds up in San Quentin in "Ladies They Talk About," a pre-code drama. The film is badly dated with very melodramatic acting, the exceptions being Stanwyck and Lillian Roth. Not to mention, it's an absurd story. A popular reformer, "Brother David Slade" falls for Barbara the minute he sees her, believes her innocent, and wants to help her. He arranges for her release from jail, and then, brimming with confidence, she confesses that she was indeed part of the bank robbery. Shattered, he sends her up the river to San Quentin.

Once there, Stanwyck becomes a popular inmate with the exception of Sister Susie who's in love with Slade and hates her guts. Stanwyck helps her old buddies from the bank robbery escape by tunneling to her cell. The story goes on from there.

Lillian Roth is great as a young woman who befriends Stanwyck, and she gets to sing. Stanwyck is fabulous with her wavy hair and tough talk. Preston Foster mainly looks pious and sincere.

The film is interesting because of Stanwyck and Roth, but the story isn't good. Happily this was at the beginning of Stanwyck's career, and she went on to better things.


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