Frisco Jenny was orphaned by the 1906 earthquake and fire and has become the madame of a prosperous bawdy house. She puts her son up for adoption and he rises to prominence as district ... See full summary »
William A. Wellman
Helen Jerome Eddy
A young woman is on trial for murder. In flashback, we learn of her struggles to overcome poverty as a teenager -- a mistaken arrest and prison term for shoplifting and lack of employment lead to involvement with gangsters. In a brothel, she meets a young lawyer, scion of a wealthy and prestigious family, who falls for her and helps her turn around her life. But her past catches up with her, and she must face the music rather than cause him scandal.Written by
MAGIC ENCHANTRESS...mysterious as the night that cloaks her...a daughter of Venus...who comes out with the stars...so young, so alluring...men cannot resist the spell of her beauty...! (Print ad Los Angeles Times August 3 ,1933)
The original story treatment written by Anita Loos was titled "Nora: Girl Delinquent" and was based on a series of magazine articles allegedly written by a former gang moll and informant. See more »
After Tom gets Sam out of the chair at the club, checks his coat and hat, and walks him to the stairs, the boom microphone is clearly visible - reflected in a mirror, upper right of the frame. See more »
You win, copper.
Charlie - the Cop:
You're telling me. Who's your buddy?
That's what I wanted to say. Listen, I'm Mary Martin. I'm anything you say. I'll go anywhere, tell you anything, but let him alone.
Charlie - the Cop:
You make me kind of curious, sweetheart.
Say, listen, does he look like he's one of Leo Darcy's mob? He's square. He's on the level. So square he'd ruin his life by sticking with me.
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Midnight Mary is the story of a girl who grows up poor, gets involved with people on the wrong side of the tracks, and tries to get out. The film opens and closes with Mary in a court room awaiting the verdict in her trial for murder.
Loretta Young plays Mary; Young is absolutely beautiful and proves to be a great actress in all of her scenes.
Ricardo Cortez plays her gangster boyfriend well enough. He is appropriately sinister at times and average in others.
Una Merkel plays Mary's best friend, a cute and funny smart-cookie type.
Franchot Tone is standout in this film, especially in his romantic scenes in which the kisses are long and passionate, the looks are meaningful, and the chemistry is hot and thick. Otherwise, Tone is sweet and lovable as always.
This film was beautifully photographed and employed great costuming resembling both late 1920s and early 30s styles.
This film was made before the production code that censored everything that came out of Hollywood, so it utilizes many racy scenes. One occurs when Young and Tone blatantly talk about the possibility of sex, another when the far from stiff kisses last longer than three seconds, another when Young whispers dirty things into Cortez's ear, and still another when a girl gets pregnant out of wedlock. There is also some abuse shown.
The ending of the film is very satisfying and concludes a great film.
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