Lady Gangster


From IMDb: An actress gets mixed up with a criminal gang and winds up taking the rap for a $40,000 robbery. Before she's sent to prison, she steals the money from her cohorts and hides it, intending to use it as a bargaining chip to win her release from prison. However, her former partners have other ideas. Stars: Faye Emerson, Julie Bishop, Frank Wilcox, Roland Drew, and Jackie C. Gleason

Lady Gangster is a 1942 Warner Bros. B picture directed by Robert Florey credited as "Florian Roberts". It was based on the play Gangstress, or Women in Prison, by Dorothy Mackaye who had spent ten months in San Quentin Prison of a one to three years sentence, and is considered to be a remake of the pre-Code film, Ladies They Talk About. Jackie Gleason plays a supporting role.


Dorothy "Dot" Burton (Faye Emerson) is a member of a gang of bank robbers. Using her femininity and a cute dog provided her by her male cohorts who dognapped him, she is able to enter a bank before opening time leaving the door open and the bank guard holding her dog enabling a successful robbery. When police interfere with the getaway she faints and proclaims her innocence, however police investigators have strong doubts as "her" dog won't come to her and has a different name on his collar than what she calls him. Kenneth (Frank Wilcox), a broadcaster is determined she is innocent and in an attack on the District Attorney gets her freedom. Dot confesses her part in the robbery and is sent to women's prison where she makes enemies of the inmates who are seeking Dot's share of the money.


  • Faye Emerson as Dorothy Drew Burton
  • Julie Bishop (actress) as Myrtle Reed
  • Frank Wilcox as Kenneth Phillips
  • Roland Drew as Carey Wells
  • Jackie Gleason as Wilson
  • Ruth Ford (actress) as Lucy Fenton
  • Virginia Brissac as Mrs. Stoner
  • Dorothy Vaughan as Matron Jenkins
  • Dorothy Adams as Deaf Annie
  • William Hopper as John
  • Vera Lewis as Ma Silsby
  • Herbert Rawlinson as Lewis Sinton
  • Charles C. Wilson (actor) as Detective
  • Frank Mayo (actor) as Walker
  • Leah Baird as Matron


  • "Blues in the Night" (Music by Harold Arlen)
  • Notes

    Category:1942 films
    Category:American films
    Category:Warner Bros. films
    Category:1940s crime drama films
    Category:English-language films
    Category:Black-and-white films
    Category:American crime drama films
    Category:Films based on plays
    Category:Films directed by Robert Florey
    Category:Women in prison films

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