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Lady Gangster (1942)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 April 1942 (USA)
Dot Burton (Faye Emerson)has acted as a decoy in a bank robbery and fails to get away. Her arrest attracts the attention of Ken Phillips (Frank Wilcox), a former childhood sweetheart who ... See full summary »


Robert Florey (as Florian Roberts)


Anthony Coldeway (screenplay) (as Anthony Coldewey), Dorothy Mackaye (play) | 1 more credit »


Airs Wed. May. 01, 3:30 PM on TCM



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Faye Emerson ... Dot Burton
Julie Bishop ... Myrtle Reed
Frank Wilcox ... Kenneth Phillips
Roland Drew ... Carey Wells
Jackie Gleason ... Wilson (as Jackie C. Gleason)
Ruth Ford ... Lucy Fenton
Virginia Brissac ... Mrs. Stoner
Dorothy Vaughan ... Jenkins
Dorothy Adams ... Deaf Annie
William Hopper ... John (as DeWolf Hopper)
Vera Lewis ... Ma Silsby
Herbert Rawlinson ... D.A. Lewis Sinton
Peggy Diggins ... Mary
Charles C. Wilson ... Detective (as Charles Wilson)
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Stew (as Bill Phillips)


Dot Burton (Faye Emerson)has acted as a decoy in a bank robbery and fails to get away. Her arrest attracts the attention of Ken Phillips (Frank Wilcox), a former childhood sweetheart who believe her innocent until she confesses. But before going to jail she manages to steal the bank's $40,000 from her accomplices and leaves it with her landlady. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


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Release Date:

1 April 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La dama pistolera See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Thursday 27 September 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Spokane Wednesday 5 December 1956 on KREM (Channel 2), in Buffalo Friday 7 December 1956 on WBEN (Channel 4), in San Francisco Wednesday 19 December 1956 on KRON (Channel 4), in Nashville Wednesday 24 April 1957 on WLAC (Channel 5), in Indianapolis Wednesday 29 May 1957 on WFBM (Channel 6), in Honolulu Saturday 15 June 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Springfield MA Wednesday 3 July 1957 on WWLP (Channel 22), and in Phoenix Thursday 4 July 1957 on KVAR (Channel 12). See more »


When she meets with Stoner and Phillips, (47 minutes in) the mic is visible at the top of the screen. See more »


Mrs. Stoner: So the quicker you realize that this is neither a country club nor a concentration camp, the better. It's up to the women themselves how they're treated. If you behave yourself, we'll meet you more than halfway, but if you want to be tough, we can be tough with you. Now, is that clear?
Dorothy Drew Burton: Yes.
Mrs. Stoner: Yes, what?
Dorothy Drew Burton: Yes, Ma'am.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown with a gun and an open purse in the lower right corner. See more »


Remake of Ladies They Talk About (1933) See more »


Blues in the Night
Music by Harold Arlen
Played when Burton is told she's getting a visit from her sister
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Minor But Has a Good Cast
6 May 2007 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

Was the concept of a female criminal so odd at the time? What about Bonnie Parker? This is a gangster story with the sexes reversed, in any case. The criminal who goes to the slammer is a woman. The prison is nothing compared to the one in "Caged." Julie Bishop, who's very good, wears a rather glamorous uniform.

The movie trots right along, though. It has an excellent cast. Of course, it's fun to see the young Jackie Gleason as a bank robber. He looks kind of naive and cuddly.

Faye Emerson was an excellent actress. She adorned many a B-picture. She wasn't a great beauty: Maybe that's why she never became a major star of movies. She was versatile -- sweet, wisecracking, or evil. One thing that always comes across in her performances: intelligence.

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