Girl In 313 (1940) - Rotten Tomatoes

Girl In 313 (1940)





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In this crime thriller, a female gumshoe goes undercover to bust up a gang of sophisticated jewel thieves who work out of a fancy hotel. The sleuth finds trouble after she finds herself falling for one of the crooks.
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Florence Rice
as Joan Matthews
Kent Taylor
as Gregg Dunn
Lionel Atwill
as Russell Woodruff
Mary Treen
as Jenny
Kay Aldridge
as Sarah Sorrell
Jack Carson
as Pat O'Farrell
Elyse Knox
as Judith Wilson
Joan Valerie
as Francine Edwards
Dorothy Dearing
as Emmy Lou Bentley
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The Girl in 313 (Ricardo Cortez, 1940) The Girl in 313 is ultimately unsure of what kind of movie it wants to be, which makes it weaker than it would have otherwise been. Which is not to say it's in any way a bad movie; it's quite good, and well worth your time, a now-overlooked gem that manages to almost successfully mix comedy, noir, and romance into one tasty stew. They might have managed a bit better playing it as a straight noir, or as a comedy-noir, or a noir romance, or... you know. But what we got is still well above average. Joan Matthews (Fast Company's Florence Rice) is a policewoman who goes deep undercover to break a jewel-smuggling ring, where she's romanced by a suave smuggler (The Mighty Gorga's Kent Taylor) while trying to work her way into the good graces of the ring's leader (the always wonderful Lionel Atwill). There's a great subplot surrounding the maid (It's a Wonderful Life's Mary Treen) in the apartment building where she's taken a room (313, natch) jumping to all sorts of conclusions based on... well, nothing, really, and getting her cop brother involved, that provides a hefty dose of the movie's humor. Rice is dead-on perfect for this role, sassy and sultry while still putting out an air of innocence that's instantly endearing. Her supporting cast are wonderful to a T, and, despite the screenwriters perhaps trying to work a few too many genres into one film, they actually pulled it off with a pretty nice amount of panache. Well worth checking out if you get the chance (it appears on Netflix streaming once in a while). *** 1/2

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