City Without Men (1943)

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A young woman's husband has been imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. In order to be near him to try to help him get his sentence overturned, she moves into a boardinghouse near the prison whose residents are the wives of inmates.


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  • Linda Darnell and Michael Duane in City Without Men (1943)
  • Linda Darnell in City Without Men (1943)
  • Linda Darnell and Michael Duane in City Without Men (1943)
  • Linda Darnell and Michael Duane in City Without Men (1943)
  • Linda Darnell and Michael Duane in City Without Men (1943)

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28 June 2013 | MartinHafer
3
| You could do better.
In 1943, Linda Darnell was an up and coming star--destined to make quite a career for herself at Twentieth Century-Fox. However, as she hadn't yet had this big break, she appeared in smaller films--in this case a film for Columbia's B-unit. When you watch "City Without Men", it's pretty easy to tell that this wasn't a particularly distinguished film--with a plot that, at times, is VERY heavy-handed and even silly.

The film begins with a new recruit for the US Navy getting pulled into the middle of a spy ring just before Pearl Harbor. Although he captures two evil Japanese spies, his superiors believe he was in league with them--and sentence him to five years in prison. His fiancée (Darnell) is determined to not only try to get him out, but she goes so far as to move into a rooming house near the prison. This place is full of other women whose men are behind bars (such as Sara Allgood and Glenda Farrell). Can she manage to get someone to look at her boyfriend's case and give him a second chance?

The idea of the film isn't bad, but all the WWII jingoism is a bit hard to take. In particular, Edgar Buchanan makes a long speech about America, apple pie and the like and it just comes off as preachy and ridiculous. In fact, much of the film is pretty ridiculous--with silly one-dimensional characters and not much more. An odd film...and not a very good one.

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Release Date:

14 January 1943

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

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