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Lady Scarface (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 26 September 1941 (USA)
Lieutenant Bill Mason (Dennis O'Keefe) pursues a Chicago gang to New York City, unaware that its scar-cheeked leader, Slade (Dame Judith Anderson), is a woman.


Frank Woodruff


Arnaud d'Usseau (original screenplay) (as Arnaud D'Usseau), Richard Collins (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Dennis O'Keefe ... Lt. Bill Mason
Judith Anderson ... Slade
Frances E. Neal Frances E. Neal ... Ann Rogers (as Frances Neal)
Mildred Coles ... Mary Jordan Powell
Eric Blore ... Mr. Hartford
Marc Lawrence ... Lefty Landers
Damian O'Flynn ... Lt. Onslow
Andrew Tombes ... Art Seidel - hotel detective
Marion Martin ... Ruby - aka Mary Jordan
Rand Brooks ... James 'Jimmy' Powell
Arthur Shields ... Matt Willis
Lee Bonnell Lee Bonnell ... George Atkins
Harry Burns Harry Burns ... Big 'Sem' Semenoff
Horace McMahon ... Mullen (as Horace MacMahon)
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A Chicago gang led by scar-cheeked Slade (Dame Judith Anderson) carries out an audacious brokerage robbery. Lieutenant Bill Mason (Dennis O'Keefe) takes the case, continuing his friendly-enemy relationship with crime reporter Ann Rogers (Frances E. Neal). One gang member is caught; eventually, others follow. But Mason hasn't a clue to Slade, principally because he's unaware she's a woman. The plot periodically pauses for comic and romantic interludes. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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More deadly than the male! See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


This movie's earliest documented telecast took place in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, June 2, 1956 on KUTV (Channel 2); it first aired in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, June 23, 1956 on KHJ (Channel 9), in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Thursday, July 26, 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), in San Francisco, California on Thursday, August 23, 1956 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Altoona, Pennsylvania on Monday, October 15, 1956 on WFBG (Channel 10), and in New York City, New York on Friday, October 26, 1956 on WOR (Channel 9). See more »


At the end, a newspaper photo of Mr. and Mrs. Powell is shown. The caption erroneously identifies Slade as male. See more »


Ann Rogers: I promise I won't get in your way.
Lt. Bill Mason: Come a pinch and you'll fold up. A dame'll do it every time!
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A Shame The Title Character Has So Little To Do
23 December 2005 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

Judith Anderson is lots of fun as the gangster of the title. She's a bad woman, all right. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark: Anderson. (References and allusions to "Hamlet," in which she played the Melancholy Dane on stage, abound here.) She is beautifully shot in shows by Nick Musaraca. But alas! The movie is for the most part a routine romantic faux thriller. It's kind of a riff on the Torchy Blane series: A police detective investigates a case. A female reporter is after the same story. Which of them will get it? Will they get each other? These concerns (never mysterious in any incarnation) are the primary concerns.

Alas poor Judith! She did so well.

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Release Date:

26 September 1941 (USA) See more »

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La capitana Cara Cortada See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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