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City Without Men (1943)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 14 January 1943 (USA)
A young woman's husband has been imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. In order to be near him to try to help him get his sentence overturned, she moves into a boardinghouse near the prison whose residents are the wives of inmates.

Director:

Sidney Salkow

Writers:

Budd Schulberg (original story), Martin Berkeley (original story) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Linda Darnell ... Nancy Johnson
Edgar Buchanan ... Judge Michael T. Mallory
Michael Duane ... Tom Adams
Sara Allgood ... Mrs. Maria Barton
Glenda Farrell ... Billie LaRue
Leslie Brooks ... Gwen
Doris Dudley ... Winnie
Margaret Hamilton ... Dora
Constance Worth ... Elsie
Rosemary DeCamp ... Mrs. Slade
Sheldon Leonard ... Monk LaRue
Joseph Crehan ... Father Burns
Oscar O'Shea ... Joseph Barton
Clyde Fillmore ... Senator Malloy
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A young woman's husband has been imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. In order to be near him to try to help him get his sentence overturned, she moves into a boardinghouse near the prison whose residents are the wives of inmates.

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Women fighting for their men, and their right to love them! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Approved | See all certifications »
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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You could do better.
28 June 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In 1943, Linda Darnell was an up and coming star--destined to make quite a career for herself at Twentieth Century-Fox. However, as she hadn't yet had this big break, she appeared in smaller films--in this case a film for Columbia's B-unit. When you watch "City Without Men", it's pretty easy to tell that this wasn't a particularly distinguished film--with a plot that, at times, is VERY heavy-handed and even silly.

The film begins with a new recruit for the US Navy getting pulled into the middle of a spy ring just before Pearl Harbor. Although he captures two evil Japanese spies, his superiors believe he was in league with them--and sentence him to five years in prison. His fiancée (Darnell) is determined to not only try to get him out, but she goes so far as to move into a rooming house near the prison. This place is full of other women whose men are behind bars (such as Sara Allgood and Glenda Farrell). Can she manage to get someone to look at her boyfriend's case and give him a second chance?

The idea of the film isn't bad, but all the WWII jingoism is a bit hard to take. In particular, Edgar Buchanan makes a long speech about America, apple pie and the like and it just comes off as preachy and ridiculous. In fact, much of the film is pretty ridiculous--with silly one-dimensional characters and not much more. An odd film...and not a very good one.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prison Farm See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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