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The Lady and the Mob (1939)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 3 April 1939 (USA)
Society-woman Hattie Leonard organizes her own band of 'gang-busters' when she discovers a garment she sent to the dry-cleaners had been taxed twenty-five-cents to pay for gang 'protection.... See full summary »

Director:

Benjamin Stoloff (as Ben Stoloff)

Writers:

Richard Maibaum (screen play), Gertrude Purcell (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fay Bainter ... Hattie Leonard
Ida Lupino ... Lila Thorne
Lee Bowman ... Fred Leonard
Henry Armetta ... Zambrogio
Warren Hymer ... Frankie O'Fallon
Harold Huber ... Harry the Lug
Forbes Murray ... District Attorney
Joe Sawyer ... Blinky Mack (as Joseph Sawyer)
Tom Dugan ... Brains Logan
Joe Caits ... Bert the Beetle (as Joseph Caits)
Jim Toney Jim Toney ... Big Time Tim
Tommy Mack ... The Canary
Brandon Tynan ... Mayor Jones
George Meeker ... George Watson
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Storyline

Society-woman Hattie Leonard organizes her own band of 'gang-busters' when she discovers a garment she sent to the dry-cleaners had been taxed twenty-five-cents to pay for gang 'protection.' She sends to New York City for a reformed gangster she had befriended, Frankie O'Fallon, and he hires the manpower needed from the usual Columbia hoods. Her gang hi-jacks the racketeers, recovers the merchant's money and returns it to them. Lila Thorne, engaged to Hattie' son, Fred, throws in with her future mother-in-law when she sees the old lady is fighting for the American principle of freedom of choice...and action. Lila frames the gang-leader, George Watson, and Hattie's big-city vigilantes kidnap him, and extract the information that the town-mayor, Johnny "J.J." Jones, is the brains behind the protection-gang and is getting the big cut of the money. But Hattie still has to rob a bank before she can secure the evidence needed to convict the mayor. All in a day's work for a crusading society... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A society matron muscles in on the underworld---just to clean it up! (original poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Che succede a San Francisco? See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Otto Hoffman as "Higgins" is in studio records/casting call lists, but he did not appear or was not identifiable in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Lila Thorne: I may have come from gorillas, but that doesn't mean I have to mix with them socially!
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References You Can't Take It with You (1938) See more »

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Ridiculous but not funny
8 April 2018 | by rhoda-9See all my reviews

Here's the premise: A sweet old lady, indignant that local merchants are victims of an extortion ring, gets together her own mob to fight fire with fire. And how does she get them? Well, the district attorney, who knows and respects her, orders several criminals to be good boys and do what she says. And how does she deploy them? Well, she orders one to go into a shop and beat up the extortionist. And what happens? It's HER thug who gets carried out on a stretcher (he's ok almost at once)! Hilarious! Fantasies and fairy tales may have magic elements, but they have to be grounded in reality. How likely is it that the DA would do this? Or that the extortionist would not do the thug permanent damage? Or use a knife or gun? Damon Runyon's stories were called fairy tales of Broadway, but in them gangsters do use guns, and their victims don't get up once they're down. This movie is offensively patronising in its assumption that its viewers will laugh at anything and never think about what they're watching. Lee Bowman is, as usual, charming, and the young Ida Lupino is beautiful, though she looks even sulkier than in her later, tough-girl roles. It's easy to see why and to sympathise, but that lovely, sensitive actress Fay Bainter fares worse, buried under a ton of rubber and makeup and stuck in this insulting sharp-tongued but sweet, doddery but clever little old lady role.


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