The Woman of the Town

Overview

Originally, producer Harry Sherman's Woman of the Town was slated for Paramount release, but that studio was overloaded with product, so the film was deferred to United Artists. Nonetheless, the finished product has the "look" of a Paramount, right down to the presence of character actor Albert Dekker in a leading role. Dekker plays Bat Masterson, who after failing to secure a job as a newspaper reporter becomes marshal of Dodge City. Preferring socializing to peacekeeping, Masterson falls in love with Dora Hand ...
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Overview

Originally, producer Harry Sherman's Woman of the Town was slated for Paramount release, but that studio was overloaded with product, so the film was deferred to United Artists. Nonetheless, the finished product has the "look" of a Paramount, right down to the presence of character actor Albert Dekker in a leading role. Dekker plays Bat Masterson, who after failing to secure a job as a newspaper reporter becomes marshal of Dodge City. Preferring socializing to peacekeeping, Masterson falls in love with Dora Hand (Claire Trevor), the obligatory golden-hearted chorus girl whose concern for the welfare of her fellow citizens at time reaches Madonna-like dimensions. When Dora is shot down cattle baron King Kennedy (Barry Sullivan), Masterson begins taking his job seriously. After taking care of Kennedy, Masterson determines to enshrine the memory of Dora, whose efforts to clean up Dodge City were largely ignored by the "decent" townsfolk. Our favorite bit in Woman of the Town has the frontier newspaper editor advising an aspiring girl reporter (Beryl Wallace) to stick to her gossip column-whereupon we're informed that the lady is Louella Parsons!
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Woman of the Town is a curious little Western, one that may be more pleasing to people who generally shy away from "oaters" than from those who anxiously flip through the channels looking for some sagebrush and a shoot-out. Woman is a more thoughtful affair, more of a character study than an action flick. Oh, there's some fights and shootings, to be sure; but the emphasis really is more on what a frontier town like Dodge City was like at the time and what had to be done to "civilize it" -- and the price that some people paid for their efforts in that direction. George Archainbaud's direction is sensitive, if a bit slow at times; his pacing can be off, but he clearly has a feeling for the story being told. In a rare lead role (and as a hero rather than the villains he often played), Albert Dekker turns in a nicely nuanced performance. Claire Trevor is quite fine as the title character. Barry Sullivan doesn't seem quite at home as the troublemaker; he's okay but not as compelling as one might wish. Also among the film's assets is Miklos Rozsa's atmospheric and effective score. Woman is not flawless, but it's worth seeking out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/2009
  • UPC: 089218588692
  • Original Release: 1944
  • Rating:

  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 58,698

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joseph Crehan
Wade Crosby Crockett
Dorothy Granger Belle
Russell Hicks The Publisher
Tom London Cowboy
Garry Owen Dealer
Russell Simpson Sime
Glenn Strange Walker
Hal Taliaferro Wagner
Clem Bevans Buffalo Burns
George Cleveland Judge Blackburn
Albert Dekker "Bat" Masterson
Charley Foy Eddy Foy
Eula Guy Mrs. Brown
Porter Hall Dog Kelley
Arthur Hohl Robert Wright
Henry Hull Inky Wilkinson
Percy Kilbride Rev. Samuel Small
Marion Martin Daisy Davenport
Frances Morris Mrs. Logan
Herbert Rawlinson Doc Sears
Dewey Robinson Waddy Kerns
Teddi Sherman Fanny Garretson
Barry Sullivan King Sullivan
Claire Trevor Dora Hand
Beryl Wallace Louella Parsons
Claire Whitney Mrs. Wright
Wally Wales Wagner
Technical Credits
George Archainbaud Director
Ralph Berger Art Director
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
Norman Houston Original Story
Carroll Lewis Editor
Aeneas MacKenzie Screenwriter
Lewis Rachmil Producer
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Harry Sherman Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Woman of the Town
2. Chapter 1 [12:26]
3. Chapter 2 [15:27]
4. Chapter 3 [12:52]
5. Chapter 4 [12:54]
6. Chapter 5 [14:10]
7. Chapter 6 [15:51]
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