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City Girl (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 7 January 1938 (USA)
A racketeer uses a waitress to get information from the district attorney whom she comes to love.


Alfred L. Werker


Robin Harris (story), Frances Hyland (story) | 4 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Ricardo Cortez ... Charles Blake
Phyllis Brooks ... Ellen Ward
Robert Wilcox ... Donald Sanford
Douglas Fowley ... Ritchie
Chick Chandler ... Mike Harrison
Esther Muir ... Flo Nichols
Adrienne Ames ... Vivian Ross


Ellen Ward (Phyllis Brooks), a café waitress yearning for a better life forsakes Donald Sanford (Robert Wilcox, a promising young assistant district attorney, for Charles Blake (Ricardo Cortez), a smooth gangster who can give her the better things in life. Unfortunately, those better things come with a life of crime, and she is soon wanted for murder and jail-breaking, and resorts to plastic surgery to escape the law. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

7 January 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blond Moll See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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It was announced in the press that Esther Muir and Adrienne Ames had signed on to the production on December 6, 1937. See more »

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Lovely "Ellen"
21 January 2008 | by saturn_gazelleSee all my reviews

This is a film about the old-time America,when the gang bands ruled big cities and escaped from justice. In this precious classic movie,we meet a lovely waitress,"Ellen Ward", who attracts always the male client with her friendly attitude and intrinsic beauty.

While engaged to a young lawyer, who works hard to get promotion and saves every penny to provide her with a peaceful life, "Ellen" always seeks a way to be able to wear magnificent jewelry and expensive clothes and dance in great parties. Thus, she accepts the invitation of a rich client who is somehow connected to the gang.

Because of her kid-like simplicity and beauty, she attracts the gang Leader "Charles Blake" at the first encounter and this is where her troubles start! This is an old movie and so you can see in it a lot of worn out tricks, such as showing the time pass by newspaper titles. Nevertheless, this a film worth being seen. The character of "Ellen" is vivid and impressive and greatly played by "Phyllis Brooks"(I think she resembles a lot "Drew Barrymore"). The story is linear and simple,but believable and once you have seen the movie,you will remember it forever!

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