At least they have the title character's name right: Dot Burton. That doesn't sound like a girl you'd introduce to mom, unless she was Ma Barker. Dot's been sent up the river after organizing a bank robbery, then hiding the money. The remaining members of her gang go underground. Thanks to the double-crossing of two other prison inmates,
|"Me -- a lady gangster? Surely you jest!"|
|How to win parole and influence people.|
|"We're with the band."|
|Lucy & Annie: nope, they're not gruntled at all.|
|Somebody should have thrown the writer|
|Three gunmen are no match for a|
radio station owner with his back to them.
|Eyebrows by Kiwi Shoe Polish.|
|And away we go (to rob a bank)!|
Lady Gangster is one of those movies that should have made Warner Bros. think twice before cracking wise about studios like PRC. It takes more than bigger bucks, a decent score and a pretty face to put over a crime picture. A lower budget often allows for a more noirish atmosphere. A score that sounds like it was slapped on the soundtrack whether it was appropriate or not increases the already dreamlike quality of the production. And although Faye Emerson allows herself to go tough by greasing up her hair and laying off the mascara, B-movie queen Ann Savage could act the part better than any Oscar-winner. While many once-forgotten Poverty Row releases look better than ever today, Lady Gangster remains what it was meant to be: just another way to kill an hour with women in prison.
Now that I think of it, that actually sounds pretty good.