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The Lady and the Mob (1939)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 3 April 1939 (USA)
Society-woman Hattie Leonard organizes her own band of 'gang-busters' when she discovers a garment she sent to the dry-cleaners had been taxed twenty-five-cents to pay for gang 'protection.... See full summary »

Director:

Benjamin Stoloff (as Ben Stoloff)

Writers:

Richard Maibaum (screen play), Gertrude Purcell (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fay Bainter ... Hattie Leonard
Ida Lupino ... Lila Thorne
Lee Bowman ... Fred Leonard
Henry Armetta ... Zambrogio
Warren Hymer ... Frankie O'Fallon
Harold Huber ... Harry the Lug
Forbes Murray ... District Attorney
Joe Sawyer ... Blinky Mack (as Joseph Sawyer)
Tom Dugan ... Brains Logan
Joe Caits ... Bert the Beetle (as Joseph Caits)
Jim Toney Jim Toney ... Big Time Tim
Tommy Mack ... The Canary
Brandon Tynan ... Mayor Jones
George Meeker ... George Watson
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Storyline

Society-woman Hattie Leonard organizes her own band of 'gang-busters' when she discovers a garment she sent to the dry-cleaners had been taxed twenty-five-cents to pay for gang 'protection.' She sends to New York City for a reformed gangster she had befriended, Frankie O'Fallon, and he hires the manpower needed from the usual Columbia hoods. Her gang hi-jacks the racketeers, recovers the merchant's money and returns it to them. Lila Thorne, engaged to Hattie' son, Fred, throws in with her future mother-in-law when she sees the old lady is fighting for the American principle of freedom of choice...and action. Lila frames the gang-leader, George Watson, and Hattie's big-city vigilantes kidnap him, and extract the information that the town-mayor, Johnny "J.J." Jones, is the brains behind the protection-gang and is getting the big cut of the money. But Hattie still has to rob a bank before she can secure the evidence needed to convict the mayor. All in a day's work for a crusading society... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

There's A Laugh In Every Tear-Gas Bomb This Lady Packs Under Her Sables! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Che succede a San Francisco? See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Otto Hoffman as "Higgins" is in studio records/casting call lists, but he did not appear or was not identifiable in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Lila Thorne: I may have come from gorillas, but that doesn't mean I have to mix with them socially!
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References You Can't Take It with You (1938) See more »

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The Lady And The Mob not so bad
26 June 2007 | by YahdancySee all my reviews

I watched this film on TCM and mostly wanted to view it because it featured a 21 year-old Ida Lupino, an actress who I adore. The movie tries to be funny, and the old lady who this film is mostly about is as cute as a button, but I think that the film tries too hard to be funny instead of simply being naturally funny. But Ida Lupino is not to blame for any problems with the film -- the writers are! She has always been a powerhouse actress and once she took on being a director, as always, she gave it her all! So watch this film if you are looking for something light-hearted and harmless fun. It's nice watching this elderly woman take on the mob in her own way and bringing them to their knees!


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