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Marked Woman (1937)

It bugs me that my favorite actor isn't well represented on the DVD front. You may argue that he already is - Casablanca, The Big Sleep, The African Queen, et cetera...Fine, I say. Time to roll out some of his lesser-knowns, instead of re-releasing an exorbitantly-priced box set of the same old stuff.

Finding an out-of-print DVD featuring the guy is still cause for joy for a sad completist like myself. Even if he does make his first appearance in this morality flick at exactly the half hour mark as a district attorney. It's an unusual role for Bogie. Unusual because of the decade. He'd go on to play a lawyer or two in his later years, but in the 30s he was generally saddled with yer usual tough guys, thugs, and/or all-around scumbags who usually wound up meeting his fate at the wrong end of a gat (usually held by James Cagney or Edward G Robinson). Very rarely during that decade would he get to play against that type. Off the top of my head I can only think of one - Stand-In, where he played a drunken - yet likeable - lush of a movie director.

Here he comes to the defense of a group of clip joint party girls (polite slang for the period for prostitutes) led by Bette Davis (probably at the peak of her beauty IMO) that are being victimized by their new boss.

Allen Jenkins, who was also frequently cast as hoodlums, gets a one-scene comic relief turn as a walking one-man pawn shop. Also appearing is Mayo Methot, Bogie's soon-to-be third wife as one of the party girls.

The actor playing the movie's villain is a bit stiff. And the character of Bette Davis' sister undergoes a bizarre personality change just for the sake of plot contrivance halfway through the movie, but it's still a decent watch.


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October 2016



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