Ladies They Talk About

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Ladies They Talk About

Theatrical poster
Directed byHoward Bretherton
William Keighley
Produced byRaymond Griffith (Uncredited)
Written byDorothy Mackaye
Carlton Miles
Brown Holmes
William McGrath
Sidney Sutherland
Music byCliff Hess (Uncredited)
CinematographyJohn Seitz
Editing byBasil Wrangell
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s)February 4, 1933 (1933-02-04)
Running time69 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
 
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Ladies They Talk About

Theatrical poster
Directed byHoward Bretherton
William Keighley
Produced byRaymond Griffith (Uncredited)
Written byDorothy Mackaye
Carlton Miles
Brown Holmes
William McGrath
Sidney Sutherland
Music byCliff Hess (Uncredited)
CinematographyJohn Seitz
Editing byBasil Wrangell
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s)February 4, 1933 (1933-02-04)
Running time69 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Ladies They Talk About is a 1933 Pre-Code women in prison film about a woman sent to San Quentin. Based on the play Women in Prison by Dorothy Mackaye and Carlton Miles, the film stars Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, and Lillian Roth.

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Plot

Nan Taylor (Stanwyck) is accused of helping her friends rob a bank. Reform-minded David Slade (Foster) falls in love with her and gets her released. However, when she confesses that she is guilty, he has her imprisoned. Inside, she meets fellow inmates Linda (Roth), "Sister Susie" (Dorothy Burgess) and Aunt Maggie (Maude Eburne), and prison matron Noonan (Ruth Donnelly). Unlike most films of the women in prison genre, her fellow inmates are criminals, rather than innocents in prison by mistake.[1] Taylor gets involved in a prison escape, has a year added to her sentence, and goes gunning for revenge when she is released.

Cast

Reception

The New York Times said "When a reformer and a dashing female bank bandit fall in love, their home life may be somewhat as illustrated in the lingering finale of 'Ladies They Talk About,' [...] After a torrid argument in which Nan, the gun-girl, accuses her beloved of frustrating a jail-break in which two of her pals were killed, she loses her temper, draws a gun from her handbag and shoots him. 'I didn't mean to do that,' Nan remarks a moment later as David Slade falls to the floor with a bullet in his shoulder. 'Why, that's all right, Nan,' responds her husband-to-be. 'It's nothing.'" [...] "It is in the prison scenes that the film provides some interesting drama. 'Ladies They Talk About' is effective when it is describing the behavior of the prisoners, the variety of their misdemeanors, their positions in the social whirl outside, their ingenuity in giving an intimate domestic touch to the prison, and their frequently picturesque way of exhibiting pride, jealousy, vanity and other untrammeled feminine emotions."[2]

Remake

The film was remade in 1942 under the title Lady Gangster, starring Faye Emerson.

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