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Lady Scarface (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 26 September 1941 (USA)
Lieutenant Bill Mason pursues a Chicago gang to New York unaware that its scar-cheeked leader Slade is a woman.

Director:

Frank Woodruff

Writers:

Arnaud d'Usseau (original screenplay) (as Arnaud D'Usseau), Richard Collins (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dennis O'Keefe ... Lt. Bill Mason
Judith Anderson ... Slade
Frances E. Neal Frances E. Neal ... Ann Rogers (as Frances Neal)
Mildred Coles ... Mary Jordan Powell
Eric Blore ... Mr. Hartford
Marc Lawrence ... Lefty Landers
Damian O'Flynn ... Lt. Onslow
Andrew Tombes ... Art Seidel - hotel detective
Marion Martin ... Ruby - aka Mary Jordan
Rand Brooks ... James 'Jimmy' Powell
Arthur Shields ... Matt Willis
Lee Bonnell Lee Bonnell ... George Atkins
Harry Burns Harry Burns ... Big 'Sem' Semenoff
Horace McMahon ... Mullen (as Horace MacMahon)
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Storyline

A Chicago gang led by scar-cheeked Slade carries out an audacious brokerage robbery. Lieut. Bill Mason takes the case, continuing his friendly-enemy relationship with crime reporter Ann Rogers. One gang member is caught; eventually, others follow. But Mason hasn't a clue to Slade, principally because he's unaware she's a woman. The plot periodically pauses for comic and romantic interludes. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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More deadly than the male! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La capitana Cara Cortada See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A hood is seen with an envelope addressed to the Leonard Sheldon Hotel. This is an obvious reference to actor Sheldon Leonard who was not in this film but was well known for playing toughs at this time. See more »

Goofs

At the end, a newspaper photo of Mr. and Mrs. Powell is shown. The caption erroneously identifies Slade as male. See more »

Quotes

Ann Rogers: I promise I won't get in your way.
Lt. Bill Mason: Come a pinch and you'll fold up. A dame'll do it every time!
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Remake of Wanted! Jane Turner (1936) See more »

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Judith Anderson as a scar-faced gang leader!
11 November 2017 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

B-movies like "Lady Scarface" from 1941 are all of a piece. The basic plot usually concerns an ambitious female reporter and the good- looking police detective in her way; they're in love but don't know it yet.

This film, starring Dennis O'Keefe as the detective and Frances Neal as the reporter, is no different with one exception. Dame Judith Anderson stars as Slade, the the scar-faced head of a robbery gang. This isn't the first time I've seen Anderson go off-type - in the film Blood Money, a precode, she plays a glamorous bejeweled nightclub owner. When you think about one of the great stars of the theater getting these kinds of roles, it's laughable, particularly after her performance in Rebecca as Mrs. Danvers.

Anyway, the film concerns robbery money mistakenly picked up by newlyweds (Mildred Coates and Rand Brooks) and detective O'Keefe following the money in an attempt to trace the crooks.

Rand Brooks of course was Charles Hamilton in "Gone with the Wind". A little bit of trivia - despite enjoying a long career in films and television, Rand owned a private ambulance service, recognized as one of the best in the country.

Entertaining film, worth seeing for Anderson.


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