Ladies of the Mob (1928)

66 mins | Melodrama | 30 June 1928

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HISTORY

The 30 Nov 1927 FD announced that Ladies of the Mob would be the next starring picture for Clara Bow. The 11 Dec 1927 edition reported that William Wellman had been signed as director. The film was based on Ernest Booth’s short story "Ladies of the Mob," which was first published in the Dec 1927 American Mercury. Booth was currently serving a life sentence at Folsom prison for bank robbery. Paramount Famous Lasky Corp. was producing and distributing the picture, according to the 5 Jan 1928 FD.
       The 25 Feb 1928 Motion Picture News added Roscoe Karns and child actor Joyce Marie Coad to the cast list. Actor Robert T. Haines was noted in the 21 Apr 1928 Motion Picture News. The 2 May 1928 Var listed Fred Kelsey among the cast, and the 12 May 1928 Motion Picture News included George Irving.
       Although the 22 Feb 1928 Var indicated that Ladies of the Mob had begun production, the 31 Mar 1928 Motion Picture News reported that Clara Bow was recovering from a recent operation, and principal photography was anticipated to begin that week. The May 1928 Screenland revealed that Bow had undergone an appendectomy. On 4 Apr 1928, Var announced that Bow had been granted a two-week vacation to recuperate, and production was expected to begin on 12 Apr 1928. The 21 Apr 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World confirmed that production was underway.
       According to the 12 May 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World, ... More Less

The 30 Nov 1927 FD announced that Ladies of the Mob would be the next starring picture for Clara Bow. The 11 Dec 1927 edition reported that William Wellman had been signed as director. The film was based on Ernest Booth’s short story "Ladies of the Mob," which was first published in the Dec 1927 American Mercury. Booth was currently serving a life sentence at Folsom prison for bank robbery. Paramount Famous Lasky Corp. was producing and distributing the picture, according to the 5 Jan 1928 FD.
       The 25 Feb 1928 Motion Picture News added Roscoe Karns and child actor Joyce Marie Coad to the cast list. Actor Robert T. Haines was noted in the 21 Apr 1928 Motion Picture News. The 2 May 1928 Var listed Fred Kelsey among the cast, and the 12 May 1928 Motion Picture News included George Irving.
       Although the 22 Feb 1928 Var indicated that Ladies of the Mob had begun production, the 31 Mar 1928 Motion Picture News reported that Clara Bow was recovering from a recent operation, and principal photography was anticipated to begin that week. The May 1928 Screenland revealed that Bow had undergone an appendectomy. On 4 Apr 1928, Var announced that Bow had been granted a two-week vacation to recuperate, and production was expected to begin on 12 Apr 1928. The 21 Apr 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World confirmed that production was underway.
       According to the 12 May 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World, principal photography was completed the first week of May 1928. Stray bullets had reportedly hit Clara Bow, Richard Arlen, and director William Wellman during the filming of a shoot out in the final sequence, which was confirmed by Bow in a statement she made in the Nov 1928 Motion Picture Classic.
       The 2 Jun 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World listed a 26 May 1928 release date. However, the 9 Jun 1928 Motion Picture News reported that the picture would be released on 30 Jun 1928.
       The New York City opening was held the week of 16 Jun 1928 at the Paramount Theatre, according to the 20 Jun 1928 Var review. Reviews were mostly negative. Var complained that Paramount had softened Booth’s original harsh story, resulting in a “so-so film” with a “trite, dishwatery finish.” Clara Bow’s “unusual seriousness” in the role was noted as a rare departure from her “flip flapper” performances. The 24 Jun 1928 FD review agreed that Bow’s fans would be disappointed in her dramatic portrayal. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
21 Apr 1928
p. 27.
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
12 May 1928
p. 109.
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
2 Jun 1928
p. 127.
Film Daily
30 Nov 1927
p. 7.
Film Daily
11 Dec 1927
p. 10.
Film Daily
5 Jan 1928
p. 6.
Film Daily
5 Feb 1928
p. 10.
Film Daily
24 Jun 1928
p. 5.
Motion Picture Classic
Nov 1928
p. 77.
Motion Picture News
25 Feb 1928
p. 636.
Motion Picture News
31 Mar 1928
p. 1031.
Motion Picture News
21 Apr 1928
p. 1265.
Motion Picture News
12 May 1928
p. 1606.
Motion Picture News
9 Jun 1928
p. 1954.
New York Times
18 Jun 1928
p. 13.
Screenland
May 1928
p. 69.
Variety
21 Dec 1927
p. 11.
Variety
22 Feb 1928
p. 12.
Variety
4 Apr 1928
p. 11.
Variety
2 May 1928
p. 30.
Variety
20 Jun 1928
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Ladies of the Mob" by Ernest Booth in American Mercury (Dec 1927).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 June 1928
Premiere Information:
New York opening at the Paramount Theatre: week of 16 June 1928
Production Date:
mid April--early May 1928
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 June 1928
Copyright Number:
LP25428
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
66
Length(in feet):
6,792
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Yvonne, a girl whose father was electrocuted when she was a child, is brought up by her mother to be a crook and to avenge her father's death by living outside the law. She falls in love with "Red," her partner in crime. Fearing that the electric chair will separate them, she tries to make him reform. Failing this, she shoots him in the shoulder when he tries to be included in a bank robbery. They give themselves up to pay the penalty and to start life anew without the constant fear of apprehension by the ... +


Yvonne, a girl whose father was electrocuted when she was a child, is brought up by her mother to be a crook and to avenge her father's death by living outside the law. She falls in love with "Red," her partner in crime. Fearing that the electric chair will separate them, she tries to make him reform. Failing this, she shoots him in the shoulder when he tries to be included in a bank robbery. They give themselves up to pay the penalty and to start life anew without the constant fear of apprehension by the law. +

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