The Forgotten Woman (1939)

63 mins | Drama | 7 July 1939

Director:

Harold Young

Cinematographer:

Stanley Cortez

Editor:

Charles Maynard

Production Designer:

Jack Otterson

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Co.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this picture were Dames and Convicted Women . It was also reviewed as Forgotten Women . The title of John Kobler's unpublished story was ... More Less

The working titles of this picture were Dames and Convicted Women . It was also reviewed as Forgotten Women . The title of John Kobler's unpublished story was "Dames." More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
28 Jun 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
6 Jul 39
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
11 May 39
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jun 39
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jun 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
5 Jul 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
24 Jun 39
p. 47.
Motion Picture Herald
1 Jul 1939 p 42
44
New York Times
4 Aug 39
p. 11.
Variety
9 Aug 39
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
[Sd] tech
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Convicted Women
Dames
Release Date:
7 July 1939
Production Date:
11 May--late May 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co.
Copyright Date:
7 July 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8951
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
63
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5478
SYNOPSIS

Two men answer an ad placed by Anne Kennedy and her husband Terrence to share expenses on a trip to Florida. Unknown to the Kennedys, the men are actually gangsters planning to use their car for a getaway after a hold-up. After the gangsters escape during a car chase in which her husband is killed, Anne is arrested, brought to trial for robbery and convicted by David Burke, the crusading young district attorney who is convinced of her guilt. Soon after Anne is sentenced to prison, one of the robbers is shot during a hold-up and, before dying, he exonerates her. Because Burke is out of town, political boss Charles Courtenay is told of the confession and chooses to suppress the testimony in order to protect the district attorney's career. While in prison, Anne gives birth to a son she names Terry. Paroled four years later, she goes with her loyal friend, Carrie Ashburn, to claim her child from an orphanage, but is told that she must establish a good home and an income first. As Anne begins to search for a job, Burke begins an investigation into Courtenay's crooked banker friends, and when he refuses to dismiss the indictments, Courtenay accuses Burke of railroading Anne into jail and threatens to expose him. Unable to find a job, Anne disappears, and both men begin to search for her. Failing to find her, Burke adopts Terry as atonement for his mistake. Soon afterward, Anne returns, and Courtenay, in an attempt to discredit Burke, tells her that Burke knew of the confession all along and offers to mount a campaign to clear her name. ... +


Two men answer an ad placed by Anne Kennedy and her husband Terrence to share expenses on a trip to Florida. Unknown to the Kennedys, the men are actually gangsters planning to use their car for a getaway after a hold-up. After the gangsters escape during a car chase in which her husband is killed, Anne is arrested, brought to trial for robbery and convicted by David Burke, the crusading young district attorney who is convinced of her guilt. Soon after Anne is sentenced to prison, one of the robbers is shot during a hold-up and, before dying, he exonerates her. Because Burke is out of town, political boss Charles Courtenay is told of the confession and chooses to suppress the testimony in order to protect the district attorney's career. While in prison, Anne gives birth to a son she names Terry. Paroled four years later, she goes with her loyal friend, Carrie Ashburn, to claim her child from an orphanage, but is told that she must establish a good home and an income first. As Anne begins to search for a job, Burke begins an investigation into Courtenay's crooked banker friends, and when he refuses to dismiss the indictments, Courtenay accuses Burke of railroading Anne into jail and threatens to expose him. Unable to find a job, Anne disappears, and both men begin to search for her. Failing to find her, Burke adopts Terry as atonement for his mistake. Soon afterward, Anne returns, and Courtenay, in an attempt to discredit Burke, tells her that Burke knew of the confession all along and offers to mount a campaign to clear her name. When Anne learns that Burke has adopted Terry, she accuses him of trying to quiet his troubled conscience, but he protests that it was Courtenay who kept the confession from him. As Anne is about to leave, Terry is injured in an auto accident, and Anne comes to realize how much Burke loves the boy. She then threatens Courtenay with a lawsuit unless he stops blackmailing Burke, and he agrees to her terms. As Anne prepares to leave town, Burke catches up to her and persuades her to become his wife. +

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