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Marked Woman (1937)

Bette Davis , Humphrey Bogart , Friz Freleng , Lloyd Bacon  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Mel Blanc, Lola Lane, Isabel Jewell
  • Directors: Friz Freleng, Lloyd Bacon, Michael Curtiz, Robert Clampett
  • Writers: Abem Finkel, Ernest Gee, Robert Rossen, Seton I. Miller
  • Format: Full Screen, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EU1Q22
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,644 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Marked Woman" on IMDb

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  • New featurette: "Marked Woman: Ripped from the Headlines"
  • Two classic cartoons: "Porky's Hero Agency," "She Was an Acrobat's Daughter"
  • Theatrical trailer

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Young assistant District Attorney uses a prostitute to indict gang of racketeers, its czar and his underlings.

In the mood for a dose of unfiltered, high-octane Bette Davis? Check out Marked Woman, a bristling 1937 vehicle from her early Warners period. This one is loosely based on the Lucky Luciano saga, with maybe a few borrowings from Edna Ferber's Stage Door. Davis plays the feistiest of a group of clip-joint girls, who board together when they're not cutting a rug with clients (read: suckers) at a nightclub. Crusading district attorney Humphrey Bogart wants Davis to testify against mobster Eduardo Ciannelli, but the price would be high. Meanwhile, Bette's innocent little sister (Jane Bryan) comes to visit from college and gets more than she bargained for. The melodrama of the story is a blunt object, but you won't be able to keep your eyes off Davis, who spits and sparks like a young dragon. She's so electrically "on" that other actors sometimes look a little afraid of her. The film is true to the Warners spirit of surveying a lower tier of society, and the actresses who play the clip-joint girls have an earthy energy (Isabel Jewell is a standout). One of them is Mayo Methot, the tough-looking character actress who married Bogart shortly after the film's release. --Robert Horton

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5.0 out of 5 stars TOP NOTCH DAVIS.... September 15, 2002
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Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart were a rugged team in this 1938 pot-boiler that stands above the crime melodramas of the period because the central characters are women caught in a web of evil due to their virtual enslavement to a ruthless gangster. Supposedly based on true crime files, the girls were supposed to be prostitutes but censorship demanded the term "clip-joint hostess"!!! The cast is excellent but Davis shines as Mary the central figure whose little sister winds up being killed by the gangster boss. Mary wages a battle but pays a dear price for her efforts (see the movie) and she and her co-workers (the other "girls") end up walking away into the fog with an uncertain future forever scarred by their experiences. This film demands DVD treatment. It is unforgettable once seen and a classic reminder of what movie-going once was long ago. I strongly recommend it to Davis and Bogie buffs but also to classic 30's crime fans. It's beautifully made and surprisingly tough for the period ( despite the stupid censorship regulations). Check it out....
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5.0 out of 5 stars A TRIUMPH FOR BETTE DAVIS... November 12, 2001
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This 1937 gangster flick is sensational. It tells the story of Mary Dwight and her four roomates who worked as hostesses in a nightclub. When that club is taken over by a gangster named Vanning, the club is transformed into a clip joint for unsuspecting customers. The job of the hostess is to make sure that the customers are having a good time, so that they spend their money drinking and gambling.
When Mary's naive sister, Betty, whom Mary is putting through college, pays her an unexpected visit, Mary is thrown for a loop, as Betty believes that Mary has a legitimate job. Mary struggles to keep of the masquerade for naught, as Mary is arrested by the police on a trumped up murder charge. It seems that one of the nightclub customers, who had welched on a gambling debt to the club, turned up dead with Mary's telephone number in his pocket. With the matter becoming front page news, the veil is pulled from her younger sister's eyes.

When kid sister Betty refuses to return to school, due to the notoriety surrounding the arrest, which was ultimately dropped, Mary keeps her under virtual house arrest. Bored one night, she accompanies one of Mary's roommates to one of Vanning's parties, unbeknownst to Mary. It is a party from which she will never return home. When Mary discovers where her now missing sister had been, she suspects the worst and enlists the help of an idealistic prosecutor to help her.
When she ultimately finds out what happened to her sister, she vows to get Vanning and tells him so to his face. Vanning, naturally, does not take her threat lightly and has his goons place his special mark on her to teach her a lesson and keep her silent. Mary, however, does not let this stop her in her quest to obtain justice for her sister.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marked Woman: Melodrama at its Best July 3, 2002
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No one will ever accuse MARKED WOMAN of being a great movie, but it still can be a great movie melodrama. Hollywood of the mid 1930s was churning out one potboiler after another, and this movie has the accompanying characteristics. Yet,what places MARKED WOMAN far above its contemporary competition is the terrific acting of Bette Davis ably backed up by Humphrey Bogart and a quartet of extraordinarily convincing female seconds. Bette plays Mary, a 'hostess' for a clip joint run by the gangster Vanning, snarlingly played by Eduardo Ciannelli. Her job is to entertain customers to the point that they drop all their money at the crooked gambling tables. For a while, Mary is content to do this until her sister Bette, played by the ultra-sweet Jane Bryan, gets unintentionally involved in the rackets. Bette is killed, Mary is deliberately disfigured to convince her to keep silent, and Bogie enters as a racket-busting DA who needs Mary's testimony to nail Vanning. If all this sounds like countless other films of the decade, then surely it is so, but the interaction between Bette Davis, her kid sister Jane Bryan, the snappy dialogue bouncing back and forth between the other hostesses, Mayo Methot, Isabel Jewel, and Lola Lane, combine to make the viewer forget that this is only a potboiler and instead focus on what they are really seeing, a movie that makes you care about what happens to the characters. This, then, is the magic of all good films, potboilers or otherwise.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOBODY IS AS BAD AS BETTE WHEN SHE'S GOOD October 23, 2000
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That is what one movie poster gushed about the one and only Bette Davis, and this one have Ms. Davis in all her firecracker glory in spades.
"Marked Woman" took place when the country was still recovering from the Depression. Bette played Mary Dwight, who is a "hostess" who roomed with four other hostesses, "Gaby", Estelle, Emmylou, and Florrie. The When Johnny Vanning (a thinly disguised Al Capone type) took over the club she worked at and turn it into a clip joint, Mary jumped at the chance to work for him, seeing easy money. However, Mary had a younger sister named Betty who goes to school and is in the dark about what Mary is really doing for a living.
When a man whom Mary was with was found murdered, Mary and her sister was inadvertendedly dragged into the plots of an idealistic D.A. played by Humphrey Bogart, who was determined to bring Vanning down. Mary sided with Vanning, but quickly switched allegiance her sister fell victim to Vanning. The other four woman were less enthusiastic about taking the side of the law, fearing retribution from Vanning and his goons.
"Marked Woman" is one of my all time favorite Bette Davis movie, the pacing is quick and never lets up once the plot got into motion. It is filled with rapid fire one-liners, and snappish and sarcastic humour that only the Golden Age of Hollywood can deliver. Great supporting performances by Lola Lane (Gaby) and Isabel Jewel (Emmy Lou). Although I found it interesting that one of the girls, Florrie, barely said a word.
Two songs in the the movie, "Silver Dollar Man" and "Mr. and Mrs. Dough" re-iterate the times, it is right after the Depression, and ANY money, no matter where it's from or how it's made, is better than none at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Betty davis movie with Bogie in it, early to mid 1930s classic
Published 16 days ago by Kirk Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars especially when it comes to classic films like this one
As an avid movie buff, especially when it comes to classic films like this one, this is a definite welcome to my large and growing home library collection. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wa2oosy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
This movie is good. I liked it a lot as it shows the downfall of Lucky Luciano.
Highly recommend if the price is right.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars video not available; never loaded
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Published 8 months ago by David
3.0 out of 5 stars Hokey period piece
Everyone in this '30s melodrama over-acts. The facial expressions, dialogue and mannerisms are lacking in grace. Marked Woman comes across as a silent film with a soundtrack. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Arroyo
5.0 out of 5 stars Davis at her peak, Bogart on the rise.
Excellent off beat gangster film with Davis in the middle of her prime. Interesting in that Bogart plays along side his second wife Methot. Read more
Published 10 months ago by filmfiend
5.0 out of 5 stars Marked Woman
Love all Bette Davis movies and this early one is great! A must see if you like Bette Davis films.
Published 13 months ago by Ginger Winowich
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make movies like this anymore.
I saw this movie over 20 years ago. Bette Davis, played her part just great. It's all about mobsters and 5 girls who work under them.
It a must see movie.
Published 14 months ago by arthur ametrano
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I am a Bette Davis fan and this is one of her best - with a cast including Mayo Methot (Bogart's first wife), Bogart and some notable others, it amazes how the studio began placing... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Robert Brian Lamm
5.0 out of 5 stars Bette Davis....
Need i say more? She is a woman of the of her best and script ahead of its time.
Published 14 months ago by Linda
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