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Marked Woman (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 10 April 1937 (USA)
A crusading DA persuades a clip joint "party girl" to testify against her mobster boss after her innocent sister is accidentally murdered during one of his unsavory "parties".

Directors:

Lloyd Bacon, Michael Curtiz (uncredited)

Writers:

Robert Rossen (original screen play), Abem Finkel (original screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Mary Dwight Strauber
Humphrey Bogart ... David Graham
Lola Lane ... Dorothy 'Gabby' Marvin
Isabel Jewell ... Emmy Lou Eagan
Rosalind Marquis ... Florrie Liggett
Mayo Methot ... Estelle Porter
Jane Bryan ... Betty Strauber
Allen Jenkins ... Louie
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Johnny Vanning
John Litel ... Gordon
Ben Welden ... Charlie Delaney
Damian O'Flynn ... Ralph Krawford
Henry O'Neill ... District Attorney Arthur Sheldon
Raymond Hatton ... Vanning's Lawyer
Carlos San Martín Carlos San Martín ... Head Waiter
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Storyline

In this roman-a-clef for the infamous Lucky Luciano Trial, Mary Dwight and four roommates work as hostesses at the Club Intime, a "clip joint" that offers gambling, liquor, and female companionship to the "big spender" clientèle. When ruthless thug and pimp Johnny Vanning takes over all the clubs in town, the girls are forced to follow Vanning's rules and kick back on their "tips" in exchange for protection. Although she is not a hardened old hand like Gabby and Estella, Mary knows enough to sidestep Vanning's amorous advances. Unfortunately the more naive Mary Lou is impressed by Vanning's oily veneer of materialism and accepts invitations to "entertain" at the gangster's private parties. Mary's naive younger sister Betty arrives from college just when Mary and her roommates are arrested as material witnesses in the murder of one of the casino's non-paying customers. Vanning's corrupt lawyer frees the others but pressures Mary to commit perjury in order to discredit crusading ... Written by duke1029

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The Kind Ladies Don't Talk To! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mujer marcada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Dedicated to realism, Bette Davis left the set when the makeup department outfitted her with dainty bandages for the hospital scene following the physical attack on her character by mobsters. She drove to her own doctor and instructed him to bandage her as he would a badly beaten woman. Returning to the set, she declared, "You shoot me this way, or not at all!" They did. See more »

Goofs

After the taxi ride, while standing at her front door, Ralph Krawford asks Mary Dwight Strauber for her address. See more »

Quotes

Mary Dwight Strauber: I'll get you, even if I have to crawl back from the grave to do it!
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Connections

Featured in Red Hollywood (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

My Silver Dollar Man
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Rosalind Marquis
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Fine Gangster Drama
6 October 2012 | by adamshlSee all my reviews

Bette Davis looks as though she was rested (after her hiatus involving litigation) and raring to sink her teeth in a juicy part. Well, she got her wish in this finely directed Lloyd Bacon gangster drama.

Davis is alert, focused, and driven here, putting her all into the dance hall hostess. It's one of her best roles in a film unfamiliar to many movie goers.

The film is notable for some fine work by most talented character actors, and for an unusual "good guy" role for Humphrey Bogart. This crusading D.A. on a mission is skillfully etched by Mr. B. and his scenes with Davis are particularly engaging.

Everyone knows the true life basis for this drama, and the exclaimer at the start doesn't fool anyone. This is a mean expose of some very callus criminals, and has the feel of that period's current newspaper headlines.

A well made drama, worth checking out.


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