Numbered Woman (1938)

60, 63 or 65 mins | Drama | 22 May 1938

Director:

Karl Brown

Producer:

E. B. Derr

Cinematographer:

Arthur Martinelli

Editor:

Finn Ulback

Production Designer:

Frank Dexter

Production Company:

Monogram Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The film's pre-release title was Private Nurse . A news item in Var in late Dec 1936 noted that Scott R. Dunlap had purchased Numbered Woman , "an original" by Harrison Jacobs for Sterling Pictures Corp. Another news item in HR in Jul 1937 noted that Arthur Greville Collins had been given the job of producing and directing Monogram's Numbered Women , which was to go into production the following week. The credits for the released film did not mention Jacobs, Collins or Dunlap, although Dunlap was the vice-president in charge of production at Monogram in 1938. Sterling Pictures was established in Nov 1936 by Dunlap and W. Ray Johnston when they left Republic Pictures. The name Sterling Pictures apparently was never used on any released films, and many of the films announced as Sterling properties eventually were produced under the Monogram ... More Less

The film's pre-release title was Private Nurse . A news item in Var in late Dec 1936 noted that Scott R. Dunlap had purchased Numbered Woman , "an original" by Harrison Jacobs for Sterling Pictures Corp. Another news item in HR in Jul 1937 noted that Arthur Greville Collins had been given the job of producing and directing Monogram's Numbered Women , which was to go into production the following week. The credits for the released film did not mention Jacobs, Collins or Dunlap, although Dunlap was the vice-president in charge of production at Monogram in 1938. Sterling Pictures was established in Nov 1936 by Dunlap and W. Ray Johnston when they left Republic Pictures. The name Sterling Pictures apparently was never used on any released films, and many of the films announced as Sterling properties eventually were produced under the Monogram name. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
14-May-38
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Daily Variety
4 May 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
10 May 38
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Nov 36
p. 1, 17
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jul 37
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Apr 38
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
4 May 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
7 May 38
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
23 Apr 38
p. 43.
Motion Picture Herald
14 May 38
p. 50.
Variety
21-Dec-36
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Private Nurse
Release Date:
22 May 1938
Production Date:
began early April 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
14 May 1938
Copyright Number:
LP8131
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60, 63 or 65
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4222
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Because nurse Linda Morgan's brother Tommy has been wrongly imprisoned for stealing bonds, she postpones her marriage to Dr. Steven Russell. To help Tommy, Linda enlists the aid of Public defender Wallace and police Capt. Ryan and has herself assigned as a nurse to ailing racketeer Lew Adams, one of the men who committed the crime for which Tommy was sent to prison. Hoping to gain Adams' confidence, Linda gets herself arrested on a phony charge and is bailed out by Ferguson, Adams' suspicious lawyer. Vicki, the incarcerated girl friend of gang leader Blake, is also suspicious and has Ferguson revoke bail. Linda manages to have herself thrown into a cell with Vicki and tries to win her confidence. The plan almost fails when Steve comes to bail Linda out, but she convinces him to bail Vicki out as well. Grateful, Vicki takes Linda to Blake's hideout but is secretly followed by the police. The police lose sight of them, however, and Linda is in serious danger when Ferguson discovers her real identity. Ferguson, Blake and Vicki leave the hideout, hoping to escape from the United States with fake passports, but Blake returns to shoot Linda. Because he has fallen in love with her, Adams cannot bear to see her killed and saves her life by shooting Blake, who, in turn, fatally wounds Adams. Steve then arrives with the police, who arrest the rest of the crooks, enabling Tommy to be ... +


Because nurse Linda Morgan's brother Tommy has been wrongly imprisoned for stealing bonds, she postpones her marriage to Dr. Steven Russell. To help Tommy, Linda enlists the aid of Public defender Wallace and police Capt. Ryan and has herself assigned as a nurse to ailing racketeer Lew Adams, one of the men who committed the crime for which Tommy was sent to prison. Hoping to gain Adams' confidence, Linda gets herself arrested on a phony charge and is bailed out by Ferguson, Adams' suspicious lawyer. Vicki, the incarcerated girl friend of gang leader Blake, is also suspicious and has Ferguson revoke bail. Linda manages to have herself thrown into a cell with Vicki and tries to win her confidence. The plan almost fails when Steve comes to bail Linda out, but she convinces him to bail Vicki out as well. Grateful, Vicki takes Linda to Blake's hideout but is secretly followed by the police. The police lose sight of them, however, and Linda is in serious danger when Ferguson discovers her real identity. Ferguson, Blake and Vicki leave the hideout, hoping to escape from the United States with fake passports, but Blake returns to shoot Linda. Because he has fallen in love with her, Adams cannot bear to see her killed and saves her life by shooting Blake, who, in turn, fatally wounds Adams. Steve then arrives with the police, who arrest the rest of the crooks, enabling Tommy to be freed. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Medical, Prison


Subject

Subject (Minor):
Legend
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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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