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Ladies of the Big House (1931)

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Sylvia Sidney is again in her "victim" mode in Paramount's Ladies of the Big House. Shortly after their wedding, young innocents Kathleen (Sylvia Sidney) and Standish (Gene Raymond) are arrested for murder on circumstantial evidence. The poor kids don't have a chance: the case is being prosecuted by crooked district attorney Doremus (Rockliffe Fellowes), while the local reporters have a field day crucifying Kathleen in the press thanks to her dubious relationship with the dead man. The couple is found guilty, whereupon Kathleen is thrown into a cell block with several hardened female cons. Hoping to save her husband from going to the electric chair, Kathleen participates in a prison break. There are many more hardships and disasters in store for our heroine before she is able to prove Standish's innocence. If the script of Ladies of the Big House seems a bit more authentic than usual, it may be because it was written by an actual prison convict named Ernest Booth.

Cast

Sylvia Sidney
as Kathleen Storm McNeil
Gene Raymond
as Standish McNeil
Wynne Gibson
as Susie Thompson
Rockliffe Fellowes
as Martin Doremus
Earle Foxe
as Kid Athens
Earl Foxe
as Kid Athens
Frank Sheridan
as Warden Hecker
Edna Bennett
as The Countess
Fritzi Ridgeway
as Reno Maggie
Miriam Goldina
as The Mexican Woman
Purnell Pratt
as John Hartman
Esther Howard
as Clara Newman
Ruth Lyons
as Gertie
Jane Darwell
as Mrs. Turner
Mary Foy
as Mrs. Lowry
Evelyn Preer
as Black Woman
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