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Marked Woman

Marked Woman

Director: Lloyd Bacon

Cast: Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Isabel Jewell

     
 
Bette Davis' famous walk-out from her home studio of Warner Bros. may have hurt her financially, but in the long run it paid off with bigger parts in better films. Like many Warners films of the period, Marked Woman was "torn from today's headlines." Specifically, it was inspired by the recent downfall of gangster Lucky Luciano, who

Overview

Bette Davis' famous walk-out from her home studio of Warner Bros. may have hurt her financially, but in the long run it paid off with bigger parts in better films. Like many Warners films of the period, Marked Woman was "torn from today's headlines." Specifically, it was inspired by the recent downfall of gangster Lucky Luciano, who at one time controlled all prostitution activities in New York. The ladies herein are euphemistically characterized as "night club hostesses," but when Luciano look-alike Johnny Vanning (Eduardo Cianelli) shows up at a fancy clip-joint to give the girls their marching orders, the audience can tell exactly what's going on. Been-there-done-that hostess Mary (Davis) is no better than she ought to be, though she has a definite code of honor; she stands up to the dictatorial Vanning at every opportunity, fending of his amorous attentions and seeing to it that her "over the hill"colleague Estelle (Mayo Methot) is retained on the gangster's payroll. At the same time, Mary tries to shield her seedy profession from her virginal sister Betty (Jane Bryan), but the girl discovers the truth and becomes a "B"-girl herself, a rash move that results in her death. Previously frightened into silence by periodic beatings from Vanning's goons, Mary and four of her girlfriends become state's witnesses, providing testimony to crusading District Attorney David Graham (Humphrey Bogart, playing a character clearly patterned after Thomas E. Dewey). A last-ditch effort to permanently stifle Mary and her friends fails, and the ladies show up in court to put the noose around Vanning's neck.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
One of the more striking melodramas of the '30s, it's loosely based on Thomas E. Dewey's sensational prosecution of Lucky Luciano's New York prostitution rackets, with the profession of the women changed to "nightclub hostess" in conformity with the Hays Code. Scripted by Robert Rossen, the film remains surprisingly forceful in its depiction of the brutal treatment meted out to the women who buck the system in any way, betraying its Warner's provenance in the social conscience that seeps in through the gangster movie conventions. Indeed, in Charles Eckert's influential essay "Anatomy of a Proletarian Film: Warner's Marked Woman," he goes so far as to posit the film's wealthy gangsters as the ideologically acceptable objects of the Depression audience's displaced hatred for the affluent. Rossen has always evinced sympathy for those on the lower rungs of the social ladder, and a keen awareness of their fragility in their dependence upon physical attributes and skills to survive, with the mutilation of Davis paralleling the temporary crippling of Paul Newman's pool shark in The Hustler. The film remains tough-minded about the fate of these women even in its conclusion, and the image of the forgotten "hostesses" walking off into the fog as Humphrey Bogart's D.A. chatters away to the press, resonates hauntingly.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/30/2006
UPC:
0012569678798
Original Release:
1937
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:36:00

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Mary Dwight (Stranger)
Humphrey Bogart David Graham
Isabel Jewell Emmy Lou Egan
Eduardo Ciannelli Johnny Vanning
Lola Lane Gabby Marvin
Rosalind Marquis Florrie Liggett
Jane Bryan Betty Strauber
Mayo Methot Estelle Porter
John Litel Gordon
Ben Welden Charley Delaney
Damian O'Flynn Ralph Krawford
Henry O'Neill Arthur Sheldon
Allen Jenkins Louie
Raymond Hatton Vanning's Lawyer
Harlan Briggs Man in Phone Booth
Mary Doyle Nurse
Milt Kibbee Male Secretary at D.A.'s Office
Alphonse Martell Doorman
Wendell Niles News Commentator
Jeffrey Sayre Assistant to Graham
Phillip G. Sleeman Crap Table Attendant
Carlos San Martin Headwaiter
Mark Strong Bartender
Robert Strange George Beler
William B. Davidson Bob Crandall
Frank Faylen Cab driver
Jack Norton Drunk
Kenneth Harlan Eddie, a Sugar Daddy
Arthur Aylesworth John Truble
James Robbins Bell Captain
Alan Davis Henchman
Ralph Dunn Court clerk
John Harron Cab driver
Gordon Hart Judge
Wilfred Lucas Jury foreman
Herman Marks Little Joe
Allen Matthews Henchman
Carlyle Moore Elevator boy
Jack Mower Foreman
John Sheehan Vincent, a Sugar Daddy
Guy Usher Ferguson, the Detective
Emmett Vogan Court clerk
Pierre Watkin Judge
Norman Willis Mug
Sam Wren Mac
Edwin Stanley Detective Casey

Technical Credits
Lloyd Bacon Director
George Barnes Cinematographer
Robert Burks Special Effects
Alexis Dubin Score Composer
Louis Edelman Producer
Abem Finkel Screenwriter
Leo F. Forbstein Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
James Gibbon Special Effects
Bernhard Kaun Score Composer
Jack Killifer Editor
Seton Miller Screenwriter
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Max Parker Production Designer
David Raksin Score Composer
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer
Robert Rossen Screenwriter
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Jack L. Warner Producer
Harry Warren Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Marked Woman
1. Credits [1:17]
2. Vanning Takes Over [4:18]
3. Smart Girl [3:05]
4. All the Angles [3:06]
5. My Silver Dollar Man [2:53]
6. Mr. and Mrs. Doakes [3:04]
7. Her Ill-Fated Mark [4:37]
8. Kid Sister [4:42]
9. Suspicion of Murder [2:47]
10. The Lineup [3:29]
11. Graham Grills Mary [3:16]
12. In a Spot [3:15]
13. Mary on the Stand [6:02]
14. The Case Goes South [3:48]
15. Sister's Shame [3:27]
16. Party Girl Betty [4:04]
17. Sisters Fall Out [2:40]
18. Betty Falls Down [2:33]
19. From My Grave [2:42]
20. Why Her?!? [3:10]
21. Beaten [4:44]
22. Emmy Lou Flees [3:55]
23. Fed Up With Being Afraid [3:43]
24. Girls on the Stand [4:49]
25. Marked Woman [2:14]
26. The Verdict [3:11]
27. We'll Meet Again [4:42]
28. Cast List [:42]

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