The Lawless Woman (1931)

63 mins | Drama | 15 June 1931

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Cinematographer:

M. A. Anderson

Editor:

Thomas Persons

Production Designer:

Mack D'Agostino
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HISTORY

The film's working title was The Inside Story . The film was released for television by Commonwealth under the title Against All Odds . In the onscreen credits, art director Mack D'Agostino's first named is misspelled ... More Less

The film's working title was The Inside Story . The film was released for television by Commonwealth under the title Against All Odds . In the onscreen credits, art director Mack D'Agostino's first named is misspelled "Mac." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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Film Daily
13 Mar 31
p. 7.
Film Daily
24 Mar 31
p. 7.
Film Daily
29 Mar 31
p. 4.
Film Daily
26 Apr 31
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jun 31
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
4 Jul 31
p. 31.
New York Times
8 Jun 31
p. 21.
Variety
9 Jun 31
p. 28.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
Cont and dial
Cont and dial
Cont and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SOUND
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Inside Story
Release Date:
15 June 1931
Production Date:
at Tec-Art Studios
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
63
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Showgirl June Page is arrested for the murder of gangster Honest Ed Baker, and cub reporter Allan Perry decides he will get her story. She refuses to speak to Allan at all but steadfastly denies killing Baker and insists that, despite rumours, she was not his girl. When the local gangsters meet to discuss a replacement for Baker, Poker Wilson is chosen and announces that he is taking over all of Baker's property, including June. Allan continues his pursuit of June, explaining that this story could be his big break. While they are arguing, Wilson attempts to drag June away with him. Allan knocks him out and June hurries him away to hide in her apartment. She warns Allan that the gangsters will be looking for him and suggests that he spend the night at her apartment. By the next morning, they have fallen in love. When Wilson breaks into June's apartment, she pretends she was holding Allan there for him. Wilson's men take Allan for a ride, but June manages to slip a gun into his coat pocket. Even though the gun only has one bullet, Allan uses it to make his getaway, but still believes that June betrayed him. Allan and Paddy Reardon, a policeman, sneak into June's apartment just in time to hear her confess to Baker's murder, which she committed in self-defense. Reardon shoots Wilson in the back as he tries to escape. June and Allan are reconciled, and their happiness is complete when Reardon tells June that he is sure she will be exonerated for her ... +


Showgirl June Page is arrested for the murder of gangster Honest Ed Baker, and cub reporter Allan Perry decides he will get her story. She refuses to speak to Allan at all but steadfastly denies killing Baker and insists that, despite rumours, she was not his girl. When the local gangsters meet to discuss a replacement for Baker, Poker Wilson is chosen and announces that he is taking over all of Baker's property, including June. Allan continues his pursuit of June, explaining that this story could be his big break. While they are arguing, Wilson attempts to drag June away with him. Allan knocks him out and June hurries him away to hide in her apartment. She warns Allan that the gangsters will be looking for him and suggests that he spend the night at her apartment. By the next morning, they have fallen in love. When Wilson breaks into June's apartment, she pretends she was holding Allan there for him. Wilson's men take Allan for a ride, but June manages to slip a gun into his coat pocket. Even though the gun only has one bullet, Allan uses it to make his getaway, but still believes that June betrayed him. Allan and Paddy Reardon, a policeman, sneak into June's apartment just in time to hear her confess to Baker's murder, which she committed in self-defense. Reardon shoots Wilson in the back as he tries to escape. June and Allan are reconciled, and their happiness is complete when Reardon tells June that he is sure she will be exonerated for her crime. +

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