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Flaxy Martin (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 15 February 1949 (USA)
Mob attorney Walter Colby is manipulated by showgirl Flaxy Martin into taking the rap for a murder committed by mobster Hap Richie's goons but he escapes and tries to get revenge.

Director:

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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Production Co:

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 »

Soundtracks

South American Way
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Played on piano when Flaxy and Walter arrive at Hap's party
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Lead actor with ZERO social skills
27 May 2013 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Lawyer Zachary Scott (Walter Colby) is fed up of defending gangster boss Douglas Kennedy (Hap). He agrees to one last case before he intends to collect payment and start a new life with girlfriend Virginia Mayo (Flaxy Martin). Uh-oh. Not a good idea. Mayo is also Gangster boss Kennedy's girl. She's two-timing him and she will go with whoever is the more successful. It's not Scott.

The story has a ridiculous premise in that lawyer Scott puts himself up as a murderer in a crime he did not commit so that he can get himself off with his lawyer self-cleverness and then be with Mayo forever. However, Virginia Mayonaise has no loyalty to him whatsoever. The film follows Scott as he realizes what has been going on and we discover whether or not he can receive the justice he deserves.

Or doesn't! What a knobhead he is. The film is made interesting by the female roles - Mayonaise, and Dorothy Malone (Nora) as the librarian love interest for Scott once he escapes from custody and sets out to prove his innocence. These 2 women show strength of character to be applauded with Mayo getting the juicy nasty role to play - and she plays it well. The men don't fare so well. I'm afraid Zachary Scott is completely unlikeable as demonstrated by his reactions to both Mayo (I just don't believe his stupidity) or Dorothy Malone (he's just an obnoxious you-know-what to her). The film also contains that ultimate pipsqueek hard-man Elisha Cook Jr (Roper). He is as annoying and unconvincing as always. He really must have been well connected to get the amount of work that he did!

I liked the way that enemies Douglas and Scott had to work together at the end to try and get the better of bad girl Mayo when all 3 were in the same room at the film's end. A high point in an otherwise disappointing effort. Started well, but no real significance anywhere with a lead who isn't easy to relate to. The film is called Flaxy Martin - maybe we should have concentrated more on her and less on the very poor Zachary Scott.


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