Women in Hiding (1940)

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The MGM crime reporter introduces Dr. Mallory, health commissioner of a large Midwestern city, he who talks about the dangers pregnant women face by going to clinics that advertise discreet... See full summary »


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28 September 2019 | boblipton
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| The Baby Racket
Marsha Hunt and Jane Drummond are law-breakers as well as victims in this episode of MGM's long-running CRIME DOES NOT PAY series. They are women having their babies without husbands, or anyone to help them in their times of need.

they're certainly not made up to be glamorous in this short subject from Hollywood's most glamorous movie factory. Miss Hunt is skinny and gawky. Miss Drummond looks like a fresh-faced farm girl. However, the doctors who help them out -- in return for all the money the girls can raise, plus working at the facilities -- are also in the business of selling those babies to couples who want to adopt for $500. It's a "contribution to our baby fund" they are told. Miss Hunt emotes up a storm when she finds out that her baby has been adopted from under her nose.

The characters fall into easily recognized types. There's C,. Henry Gordon as the slick-looking but larcenous senior doctor -- never trust a man with a scar. Charles Middleton is certainly cast against his recognized type. He's no Emperor Ming of Mongo in this one, but a homely and loving father.

I'm uncertain of how widespread a problem baby-farming was, but this movie will certainly pull the heartstrings of every parent in the audience.

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