Ladies They Talk About (1933)
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as Nan Taylor / Nan Ellis / Mrs. Andrews
as David Slade
as 'Sister' Susie
as Prisoner Linda
as Aunt Maggie
as The Warden
as Miss Johnson
as District Attorney
as Mrs. Arlington
as Bank guard
as Man getting a shoeshine
as Chief at jail
as Reformer on stage
as Matron with cigar
Critic Reviews for Ladies They Talk About
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This film's only claim to fame was that it established the WIP genre film.
Audience Reviews for Ladies They Talk About
OK early prison drama featuring the stupidest romantic entanglement of the decade as gangster moll Stanwyck eventually falls for the clumsy long-distance charms of the religious politico who sent her to San Quentin for 2-5 years as accessory to robbery. "Have fun in the slammer, I'll be here when you get out." Riiiiiiiiiight. Barbara + some fun supporting characters help pass the time, and hey, it's the original women-in-prison flick and actually (sub)named "Women In Prison"!
Saucy little number put across by Barbara Stanwyck with her customary grit. A prototype for women behind bars pictures the film moves at a solid clip and packs a lot into its brief running time. They even find a chance to have Lillian Roth sing! Foster is a dull lead but the other players all contribute good work. Holds up well until the questionable denouncement.
An enjoyably daft prison drama in which Barbara Stanwyck plays a career criminal who takes the fall for a bank robbery and ends up in San Quentin. Of course, all she needs is the love of a good moral crusader to keep her on the straight and narrow... It would be an understatement to say that the plot could have been worked out on the back of a cigarette packet; quite frankly, I'd be amazed if anybody troubled to write it down. It's also tempting to groan at the hoary old clichés till you realise that some of them were probably being minted here for the very first time. My favourite of several moments of unintentional hilarity is the one where two of Babs' associates attempt to tunnel through to her cell from the neighbouring men's prison and she disguises the racket they are making by playing loud music in the middle of the night. "How did such a criminal mastermind ever end up behind bars?" I hear you cry. Minor Stanwyck but her performance is as committed as ever.
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