Numbered Woman (1938)

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After her brother is wrongfully arrested for the theft of some bonds, a nurse sets out to clear his name by setting a trap for the real thieves.


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15 August 2019 | boblipton
| Sally Blane Goes Undercover
When her brother is conned into "borrowing" bearer bonds from his employer, nurse Sally Blane decides to go undercover with the gang that has them in an effort to clear him.

This very cheap E.B. Derr production has a lot of problems, beginning with the set-up. While the District Attorney might cut a deal with the embezzler to get the gang, that's still a crime. And while the story, after the set-up is a good one, the performances are pretty bad. Director Karl Brown may have been an excellent cameraman for D.W. Griffith and a pretty good writer. As a dialogue director, however, he seems to have had a tin ear.

As long as I am piling on the complaints, "leading man" Lloyd Hughes is on screen for about four minutes in all. Seventh-billed Ward Bond, as the detective who keeps arresting everyone has a lot more screen time!

The story, as I noted, is actually pretty good, once you get past the idea that someone who steals $100,000 in bearer bonds is innocent -- a claim, I imagine, to appease the Hays Office; the idea that the police would cut a deal with the small fish to get to the big ones would not have played well with Joe Breen. John T. Neville wrote the script. He had about sixty credits from 1927 through 1946, for a variety of B westerns and Poverty Row crime stories... and NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK.


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22 May 1938



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