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Women in Hiding (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Short | 22 June 1940 (USA)
The MGM crime reporter introduces Dr. Mallory, health commissioner of a large Midwestern city, he who talks about the dangers pregnant women face by going to clinics that advertise discreet... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph M. Newman (as Joe Newman)

Writer:

Howard Dimsdale (original screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Marsha Hunt ... Jane Taylor
Jane Drummond Jane Drummond ... Alice aka Bunny
Mary Bovard Mary Bovard ... Mary Wilson
C. Henry Gordon ... Dr. Mansby - Clinic Administrator
Granville Bates ... Dr. Bates
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The MGM crime reporter introduces Dr. Mallory, health commissioner of a large Midwestern city, he who talks about the dangers pregnant women face by going to clinics that advertise discreet services aimed at women in troubled circumstances. Such clinics - whose sole motive is profit at all cost without regard to the wants of the women or their health, but who generally operate just within the boundaries of the law - prey on the fear women face about social condemnation. One such clinic which charged exorbitant rates in return for discretion was operated by Drs. Mansby and Bates. Mary, Bunny and Jane were three women who shared a room at the clinic, who were all in circumstances where they wanted their pregnancy to be a secret from all they knew, and who were at various stages of pregnancy. Jane, who was in the earliest stage of pregnancy of the three, witnessed what Mary and Bunny before her went through. Mary's eventual situation, which was unknown to Jane, was that her baby was ... Written by Huggo

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Crime Does Not Pay
27 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Women in Hiding (1940)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

29th film in MGM's "Crime Does Not Pay" series takes a look at illegal hospitals offering cheap service to expecting mothers who are afraid to go to a real hospital because of shame. These hospitals can lead to the death of the mother, death of the baby and often offer illegal adoptions. This is the third or four film I've seen in the series and all of them have been highly entertaining. The documentary style storyline gets the message across without being overly preachy and the direction is above average for this type of film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay No. 29: Women in Hiding See more »

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