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Women Without Names (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 15 March 1940 (USA)
A newly married couple is framed for the murder of a police officer. She is sent to prison, while he is sentenced to die in the electric chair. She sets out to prove their innocence.


Robert Florey


Ernest Booth (based on his play), William R. Lipman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Drew ... Joyce King
Robert Paige ... Fred MacNeil
Judith Barrett ... Peggy Athens
John Miljan ... John Marlin, Asst Dist. Attey.
Fay Helm ... Millie
John McGuire ... Walter Ferris
Louise Beavers ... Ivory
James Seay ... O'Grane
Esther Dale ... Head Matron Ingles
Marjorie Main ... Mrs. Lowery - Prison Matron
Audrey Maynard ... Maggie
Kitty Kelly ... Countess
Virginia Dabney ... Ruffles McWade
Helen Lynch ... Susie
Mae Busch ... Rose




Construction engineer Fred MacNeil meets waitress Joyce King at a hamburger stand and she accepts his invitation to see her home. Joyce is unaware she is being trailed by two detectives on the trail of her former husband, Walter Ferris. Joyce tells Fred that her ex-husband is a wanted criminal, but Fred waves aside her objections and they make plans to marry and honeymoon in Tennessee. Following the wedding, they return to the house after Ferris, accompanied by Peggy Athens, has broken in. Caught by Detective Reardon, Ferris kills the officer and escapes. McNeil and Joyce arrive immediately afterward and are accused of the killing by the neighbors. John Marlin, assistant District Attorney, railroads the lovers because he wants to use their prosecution to boost his drive for the District Attorney post. Fred is sentenced to hang and Joyce is given life in prison. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Public Enemies in Skirts!


Crime | Drama | Romance


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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


Remake of Ladies of the Big House (1931) See more »

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A great lost Paramount that is hard to find!!!
31 March 2003 | by buckcodySee all my reviews

This is an early Paramount that we all enjoy watching. Paige is great as the young man sent to prison waiting to die. Joe Saywer(in an early uncredited role) as the corrupt prison guard is in great form. You really don't like this guy by what he does! John Miljan as the very sly assistant DA. He is there to believe no one but himself and strong hard facts! You'll love him in this role! Of course the lovely Ellen Drew as the young newlywed who will do anything to clear her husband, including jailbreaking and to die for him if she has to!She steals the show in this role! I reccommend this to all B-movie lovers and film buffs of the golden era. Paige and DRew in top form in an exciting picture from beginnig to end!!

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Release Date:

15 March 1940 (USA) See more »

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Strange Money See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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