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Ladies of the Big House

Ladies of the Big House(1931)

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Brief Synopsis

On their Wedding day, Kathleen and Standish McNeil are followed home by Kid Athens, (a wanted murderer), and Policeman Martin French (sent to get Kathleen as a witness). Athens shoots French and tosses a gun, engraved with "with love" next to French's body. This sets up Kathleen (once a moll for Athen's) and Standish as the murderers. Eager Assistant Attorney John Hartman, who works for Athens, manipulates the jury to a guilty verdict. Standish (Mac) is sent to death row and Kathleen to a violent Woman's Prison. She's befriended by Ivory and Maria, but is viciously treated by inmate, Susie Thompson, a former moll of Athens before Kathleen. Kathleen discovers that her appeal has been denied and decides to escape with pregnant inmate, Maria. Kathleen is allowed a visit with Mac (Standish) and tells him of her plan to escape and tell the world of their innocence. Maria is shot while trying to cut the fence. Kathleen's getaway boat is smashed and she's recaptured...

Cast & Crew

Marion Gering Director
Sylvia Sidney Kathleen Storm
Gene Raymond Standish ["Mac"] McNeil
Wynne Gibson Susie Thompson
Earle Fox Kid Athens
Rockcliffe Fellowes Martin Doremus
George Irving The district attorney
Purnell Pratt John Hartman
Frank Sheridan Warden Hecker
Miriam Goldina [Maria] The Mexican woman
Fritzi Ridgeway Reno Maggie

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  not available
Release Date:  1931 Production Date:  none available
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Paramount Publix Corp.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Paramount Publix Corp.
Duration(mins):  76-77 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  8    

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    Martin Nathan 2009-06-13

    I haven't seen this movie on TV since 1971. It would be a great one to dig out sometimes instead of yet another showing of Angels With Dirty Faces. MORE>