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Marked Woman (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 10 April 1937 (USA)
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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 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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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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Screenwriters Robert Rossen and Abem Finkel capitalized on a sensational trial reported by the "New York Times" between May 14 and June 22, 1936 according to film historian Charles Eckert. Prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey was the prosecutor and Lucky Luciano (real name: Charles Lucania) his target. Dewey went on to become New York governor and a two-time Presidential candidate, while Luciano went on to organize Dannemora, the New York dock workers and the international drug trade. The women whose testimony led to Luciano's conviction left the House of Detention and were sent to Dewey's offices in the Woolworth Building, where they received sums ranging from $150 to $175, barely a half week's wages that they earned as prostitutes. Then, according to Eckert, they "disappeared, as they do in the film, into the fog." See more »

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Guy Usher's character is Detective Casey, but he is listed in the credits as playing Ferguson. See more »

Quotes

David Graham: I thought they were your friends.
Mary Dwight Strauber: So did I.
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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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Women Of the Night
22 December 2002 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

Lloyd Bacon directed this tough, fast-paced film about "hostesses" in a nightclub run by a ruthless gangster. Star Bette Davis shines in the leading role, but it's cobra-like Eduardo Ciannelli who steals the film as the crime kingpin. A sleek, urbane actor, Ciannelli was a doctor before turning to the stage. He made his film debut in the previous year's Winterset, and would go along to become a top movie villain for the next several decades. Ciannelli had about him an air of refined cruelty that made him compelling to watch. Humphrey Bogart's in this one, too, in a thankless role as a crusading D.A. He's competent, but shows none of his later charisma. Unambiguous virtue was not his strong suit.

Life in the big city during the Depression is presented with admirable realism. The sets are nothing to write home about, and technically the movie is no more than competent. That the women in the story could not be presented as prostitutes limits it somewhat, lending a certain vagueness to their activities. One has to do a lot of reading between the lines in this one. Marked Woman isn't a classic by any means, yet it's an excellent example of top-notch studio film-making.


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Language:

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Release Date:

10 April 1937 (USA) See more »

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