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Waterfront Lady (1935)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 5 October 1935 (USA)
When a young man is befriended by a gambling ship operator and made a partner in the business, he becomes involved in a police manhunt after he covers up a murder committed by his new ... See full summary »


Joseph Santley


Wellyn Totman (story and screenplay), Joseph Fields (additional dialogue)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Rutherford ... Joan O'Brien
Frank Albertson ... Ronny Hillyer aka Bill
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Capt. O'Brien
Barbara Pepper ... Gloria Vance
Charles C. Wilson ... Jim McFee aka Mac
Grant Withers ... Tod
Purnell Pratt ... Dist. Atty. Shaw
Jack La Rue ... Tom Braden
Ward Bond ... Jess
Paul Porcasi ... Tony Spadaloni
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. O'Flaherty
Mathilde Comont ... Mrs. Spadaloni
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Police Lieutenant
Clarence Wilson ... Truant Officer
Victor Potel ... Alex


When a young man is befriended by a gambling ship operator and made a partner in the business, he becomes involved in a police manhunt after he covers up a murder committed by his new partner. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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featuring...ANN RUTHERFORD...HOLLYWOOD'S NEW GLAMOROUS STAR (original one-sheet poster)


Crime | Drama | Romance


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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in New York City Thursday 4 November 1948 on WATV (Channel 13) and in Detroit Tuesday 13 September 1949 on WJBK (Channel 2). See more »


What I Wouldn't Do
Sung by Barbara Pepper
Music and Lyrics by Smiley Burnette
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That Was No Lady, That Was Andy Hardy's Girlfriend
25 January 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Charles C. Wilson has just promoted Frank Albertson to partner on his gambling yacht. With no time wasted on screen, the cops raid the joint, Wilson gets into a fight with a rat with a gun in the dark -- when the lights come on, the rat is dead and Wilson is holding the gun. He hands Albertson the gun, and everyone tries to make a break. Wilson is captured. Albertson escapes into the tangle of shacks at the waterfront. Up comes J. Farrell MacDonald in a marvelous drunk act, with his daughter, Ann Rutherford in her first credited role. Albertson hides out, romances Rutherford despite the objections of seaman Grant Withers and.... well, it's just the sort of movie I enjoy, lots of funny incidents in the Thimble Theater world of the docks amidst the gangster melodrama. It plays with genres in ways that kept me guessing, thanks to a fine script by Wellyn Totman and Joseph Fields, fast direction by the under-rated Joseph Santley, excellent camerawork by B Western specialist Ernest Miller and crackerjack editing by Ray Curtiss under the supervision of Joseph H. Lewis. A couple of montages near the end are as good as anything Don Siegel did.

It's one of those surprisingly good B movies that the Majors would turn out when no one was looking. That makes it all the more amazing that it's a Nat Levine production for Mascot; usually that would be a warning, and that's undoubtedly why you haven't heard of it. And now you have.

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5 October 1935 (USA) See more »

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