Saturday, October 13, 2012

Marked Woman 1937

Oh how I love a good Bette Davis flick! This film also stars Humphrey Bogart as the lawyer who is trying to convict some mobsters of wheeling, dealing, and murder. Bette plays a club hostess who lives with her co workers and who's bosses are mobsters when they take over the club management.

One night, a gentleman spends a load of cash at Bette's club but tells her later that he is broke and was trying to swindle the club. Bette tells him he has made a bad choice and that the mobsters will track him down and to leave town.

Before you know it, the guy is dead and the mobsters are on trial. Bette meets Humphrey, the lawyer trying to put the bad guys in jail. Bette tells Bogie she wants to rat them out, but ends up sticking up for her boss instead. 

Soon Bette's kid sister comes to visit and she gets wrapped up in the night life. With help from frenamie roommate Emmy, Bette's sister gets hooked up with the wrong people and killed. Now Bette wants real revenge on the gangsters.

Bette goes to Bogie again, but he thinks she is full of it. The mobsters know what is happening and rough Bette up right before court. 

The new court date comes. Bette is battered but strong, and this time has brought her club gal friends to back her.  But what will happen? Will the mobsters prevail and go after Bette? Will Bogie believe her enough to help her prosecute?  This film is witty with great costumes and great gal talk. Up to this point in her career, this film was considered her best. 

Don't mess with these bitches.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This such a great film and still is really fresh today.

I love how when Bette Davis saw the bandages for the scene after she's attacked, was done with bows she was so appalled, she went to a real doctor and got them to do it properley. And refused to film the scene any other way.