Lady Scarface (1941)

65-66 or 69 mins | Comedy-drama | 26 September 1941

Director:

Frank Woodruff

Producer:

Cliff Reid

Cinematographer:

Nicholas Musuraca

Editor:

Harry Marker

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to a news item in HR , Marjorie Rambeau was originally slated to play the title role and Stanley Fields was to play "Seide." Andrew Tombes stepped into the role of "Seide" following Fields's sudden death on 23 Apr 1941. The plot of this film is strikingly similiar to that of the 1936 RKO film Wanted Jane Turner (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.4953). Modern sources claim that Arnaud D'Usseau and Richard Collins based their script partially on the 1936 film despite their original screenplay ... More Less

According to a news item in HR , Marjorie Rambeau was originally slated to play the title role and Stanley Fields was to play "Seide." Andrew Tombes stepped into the role of "Seide" following Fields's sudden death on 23 Apr 1941. The plot of this film is strikingly similiar to that of the 1936 RKO film Wanted Jane Turner (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.4953). Modern sources claim that Arnaud D'Usseau and Richard Collins based their script partially on the 1936 film despite their original screenplay credit. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
26 Jul 1941.
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Daily Variety
21 Jul 1941.
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Film Daily
22 Jul 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Apr 41
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Apr 41
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Apr 41
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Apr 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
2 May 41
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Jul 41
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
26 Jul 1941.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
14 Jun 41
p. 160.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
6 Sep 41
p. 248.
New York Times
4 Aug 41
p. 16.
Variety
23 Jul 41
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
SOUND
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 September 1941
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 4 August 1941
Production Date:
mid April--early May 1941
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
2 August 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10637
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65-66 or 69
Length(in feet):
5,927
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7298
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Alerted by a night watchman, the Chicago police rush to a robbery at the Securities Building. At a side entrance to the building, Lieutenant Bill Mason runs into a cleaning lady with a scarred face. Bill and the cleaning lady's photo is snapped by reporter Ann Rogers, who is unaware that the woman in the photo is actually Slade, the leader of the thieves. Ann follows Mullen, one of the gang members, to an auto court, where she watches as he stuffs $8,000 into an envelope and addresses it to Mary Jordan at the Leonard Sheldon Hotel in New York. Soon after, Bill arrives to arrest Mullen, and Mary shows him the envelope. To trap Slade, who he believes is a man, Bill decides to mail the letter and await his prey at the Leonard Sheldon. Bill refuses to let Mary join him, but when he arrives at the hotel, he discovers that she is working in the mailroom. At the hotel, Bill is joined in his investigation by Lieutenant Onslow of the New York police force and Seidel, the house detective. Meanwhile, also in New York, Slade and her gang comb the classified ads, looking for a secret code about fox terriers that will alert them that the cash has arrived. Upon spying an ad regarding the delivery of the dogs to Mary Jordan at the Sheldon Leonard Hotel, Slade arranges for Ruby, the girl friend of gang member Lefty Landers, to pose as Mary and claim the envelope. Before Ruby is able to make her claim, however, newlyweds Mary and James Powell register at the hotel, and Jim asks if there ... +


Alerted by a night watchman, the Chicago police rush to a robbery at the Securities Building. At a side entrance to the building, Lieutenant Bill Mason runs into a cleaning lady with a scarred face. Bill and the cleaning lady's photo is snapped by reporter Ann Rogers, who is unaware that the woman in the photo is actually Slade, the leader of the thieves. Ann follows Mullen, one of the gang members, to an auto court, where she watches as he stuffs $8,000 into an envelope and addresses it to Mary Jordan at the Leonard Sheldon Hotel in New York. Soon after, Bill arrives to arrest Mullen, and Mary shows him the envelope. To trap Slade, who he believes is a man, Bill decides to mail the letter and await his prey at the Leonard Sheldon. Bill refuses to let Mary join him, but when he arrives at the hotel, he discovers that she is working in the mailroom. At the hotel, Bill is joined in his investigation by Lieutenant Onslow of the New York police force and Seidel, the house detective. Meanwhile, also in New York, Slade and her gang comb the classified ads, looking for a secret code about fox terriers that will alert them that the cash has arrived. Upon spying an ad regarding the delivery of the dogs to Mary Jordan at the Sheldon Leonard Hotel, Slade arranges for Ruby, the girl friend of gang member Lefty Landers, to pose as Mary and claim the envelope. Before Ruby is able to make her claim, however, newlyweds Mary and James Powell register at the hotel, and Jim asks if there is any mail addressed to his wife, whose maiden name is Mary Jordan. Thinking that the envelope contains a wedding check from his uncle, James is surprised to find a pile of cash. Financially strapped, he decides to keep the money until his uncle's check arrives. Soon after, Ruby enters the lobby to register as Mary Jordan. Realizing that she is being watched by the police, she runs to Lefty, who is waiting outside in the car, and they speed away. Bill forces their car off the road and takes them to headquarters, where Ruby, in exchange for a promise of leniency, tells him about the dog code, explaining that Slade's name is "great dane." After planting a classified requesting that a great dane be delivered to room 1608, the Powells' room number, Bill wires the room with a dictagraph. As he and Ann listen to the Powells exchanging loving endearments, Bill realizes that he has fallen in love with Ann. When Onslow calls from police headquarters to inform him that Lefty has divulged Slade's address, Bill goes to follow the lead, leaving Seidel and Ann behind to guard the Powells. Slade has already taken the bait, however, and sneaks into the hotel. When Bill and Onslow arrive at the hideout, they find only gang member Matt Willis, and Bill phones Seidel with instructions to protect the Powells. Deciding to take matters into her own hands, Ann pulls a gun on Seidel and orders the Powells into her room while she awaits Slade in room 1608. Slade, disguised as a maid, enters the room, and in a struggle, throws Ann to the floor. Meanwhile, Bill has returned to the hotel, and after hearing the struggle on his dictagraph, breaks into the room with a pass key. After Slade takes Bill by surprise, Ann, who is lying on the floor next to her gun, grabs the weapon and shoots the criminal. All ends happily as Ann gets her story and Bill proposes marriage. +

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