(*Most annoyingly over-used movie-quote of all*) - "Gee! You're swell.".... (uttered about umpteen times throughout the course of the story)
Now, I wouldn't exactly say that this 1937 Bette Davis/Humphrey Bogart vehicle was terrible - But, believe me, it came pretty damn close.
Yes. With "Marked Woman" now being 80 years old - I really did try to keep that point in mind and cut it some slack - But, let me tell ya - It was (without a doubt) actress, Bette Davis (and her irksome, bug-eyed histrionics) that just about ruined this vintage crime/thriller for me.
And, I ask you - (With her totally unconvincing and truly nauseating performance as Mary Wright, the clip joint hostess "snitch") - Was Davis really supposed to be viewed as being one of the Hollywood "greats" of her generation?... Was she!?.... 'Cause in this picture - She was downright awful. She really was.
And, even though Davis was playing a character who the audience was expected to care about and root for - I absolutely loathed her like I haven't loathed an actress in many a moon..... Sorry. But that's the way i feel.
Came out right after Dewey convicted Lucky Luciano on racketeering in NYC's Woman's Court where NY State allowed phone taps (1937). Luciano otherwise kept it off his other phones and in his head. Brothel taps produced the evidence of control of 300 whore houses and the women.>>>>>Cokey Flo Brown was the main prostitute (and heroin addict) to provide testimony. Lucky was over-confident and decided to testify and was shredded by Dewey, including admitting to informing on a narcotics dealer in 1923 to avoid arrest.>>>>>>Lucky went to prison for life, but still ruled his 'family'. Dewey went after mobsters the old way--he should have gone after the structure rather than individuals.>>>>>All this revealed that prostitution was ruled by Italians and no longer by Jews.>>>>>Haven't seen the film yet.
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