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Flaxy Martin (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 15 February 1949 (USA)
Unscrupulous showgirl Flaxy Martin involves young attorney Walter Colby with mobster Hap Richie. A girl is murdered, with the evidence pointing to Flaxy, and Colby takes the rap and gets a ... See full summary »

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Richard L. Bare (as Richard Bare)

Writer:

David Lang
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Virginia Mayo ... Flaxy Martin
Zachary Scott ... Walter Colby
Dorothy Malone ... Nora Carson
Tom D'Andrea ... Sam Malko
Helen Westcott ... Peggy Farrar
Douglas Kennedy ... Hap Richie
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Roper
Douglas Fowley ... Max, Detective
Monte Blue ... Joe, Detective
Jack Overman ... Caesar
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Storyline

Unscrupulous showgirl Flaxy Martin involves young attorney Walter Colby with mobster Hap Richie. A girl is murdered, with the evidence pointing to Flaxy, and Colby takes the rap and gets a 20 year sentence. San Malko gives Colby the clue to the real killer and, en route to prison, he escapes and is found by Nora Carson who shelters him. After escaping from one of Richie's gunmen, Walter heads for Flaxy's apartment, where she admits she double-crossed him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A girl with a heart of ice!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smart Money See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Tucson Tuesday 31 July 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9), in Columbus Wednesday 1 August 1956 on WTVN (Channel 6), in Cincinnati Saturday 4 August 1956 on WKRC (Channel 12), in Los Angeles Tuesday 14 August 1956 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Phoenix Monday 27 August 1956 on KVAR (Channel 12), in Miami Tuesday 11 September 1956 on WTVJ (Channel 4), in Indianapolis Saturday 15 September 1956 on WFBM (Channel 6), and in Boston Friday 28 September 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4). See more »

Goofs

Roper and Caesar continually address Colby (a lawyer) as "Shamus." A shamus is a private eye; the word they meant to use is "shyster." See more »

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Referenced in Remington Steele: Cast in Steele (1984) See more »

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The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)
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Music by Harry Warren
Played on the piano in the apartment
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Lawyer Thinking With His Male Member
30 November 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A really good cast puts over a noir feature from Warner Brothers that's undone by an incredibly, unbelievable plot component. As another Warner Brothers star used to say, "what a maroon".

Zachary Scott plays a criminal attorney who gets off mob hit man Elisha Cook, Jr. on some perjured testimony by Helen Westcott. When Scott finds out about the perjury he fears bar association sanctions and determines to break with mob boss Douglas Kennedy. But Kennedy has other plans that involve Scott's girl friend Virginia Mayo who is in the title role of Flaxy Martin.

Mayo's trading up and she goes to Scott with a tearful story about how she's suspected in the murder of Westcott. So what does this brilliant lawyer do who is now thinking with his male member? He offers to confess and says he's so good at his job that he can win acquittal at trial. But not against some perjured eye witness testimony that Kennedy gets to help the prosecution along.

Of course Scott escapes and starts looking for more than vindication. In that he's aided by friend Tom D'Andrea and farm girl Dorothy Malone who feels sorry for him.

After that horrible premise, the film does pick up and ends rather well. If you've seen Virginia Mayo in White Heat you know how it ended for her there. Ends even worse for her here, but similarly. In fact I'm sure Mayo was cast in Flaxy Martin on the strength of White Heat.

As for Zachary Scott the part he has is one I think might have been written with Humphrey Bogart in mind, but Bogey left Warner Brothers the year before.

Though it's rather unbelievable Flaxy Martin is good display of the talents of both Virginia Mayo and Zachary Scott.


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