Ladies They Talk About
|Ladies They Talk About|
Theatrical release poster
|Produced by||Raymond Griffith (uncredited)|
|Music by||Cliff Hess (uncredited)|
|Edited by||Basil Wrangell|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Running time||69 minutes|
Ladies They Talk About is a 1933 Pre-Code American crime drama directed by Howard Bretherton and William Keighley, and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, and Lyle Talbot. Based on the play Women in Prison by Dorothy Mackaye and Carlton Miles, the film is about an attractive woman who is a member of a bank-robbery gang. She confesses her crime to an acquaintance, who sends her to prison because he loves her.
Nan Taylor (Stanwyck) is accused of helping her friends rob a bank. Reform-minded David Slade (Foster) falls in love with her and gets her released. However, when she confesses that she is guilty, he has her imprisoned. Inside, she meets fellow inmates Linda (Roth), "Sister Susie" (Dorothy Burgess) and Aunt Maggie (Maude Eburne), and prison matron Noonan (Ruth Donnelly). Taylor gets involved in a prison escape, has a year added to her sentence, and goes gunning for revenge when she is released.
Unlike most films of the women in prison genre, Taylor's fellow inmates are criminals, rather than innocents in prison by mistake.
- Barbara Stanwyck as Nan Taylor
- Preston Foster as David Slade
- Lyle Talbot as Gangster Don
- Dorothy Burgess as 'Sister' Susie
- Lillian Roth as Prisoner Linda
- Maude Eburne as Aunt Maggie
- Ruth Donnelly as Prison Matron
- Harold Huber as Lefty Simons
- Robert McWade as District Attorney Simpson
- unbilled players include Cecil Cunningham, Grace Cunard, and the director William Keighley
The New York Times said "When a reformer and a dashing female bank bandit fall in love, their home life may be somewhat as illustrated in the lingering finale of 'Ladies They Talk About,' [...] After a torrid argument in which Nan, the gun-girl, accuses her beloved of frustrating a jail-break in which two of her pals were killed, she loses her temper, draws a gun from her handbag and shoots him. 'I didn't mean to do that,' Nan remarks a moment later as David Slade falls to the floor with a bullet in his shoulder. 'Why, that's all right, Nan,' responds her husband-to-be. 'It's nothing.'" [...] "It is in the prison scenes that the film provides some interesting drama. 'Ladies They Talk About' is effective when it is describing the behavior of the prisoners, the variety of their misdemeanors, their positions in the social whirl outside, their ingenuity in giving an intimate domestic touch to the prison, and their frequently picturesque way of exhibiting pride, jealousy, vanity and other untrammeled feminine emotions."
- Ladies They Talk About at the Internet Movie Database
- Ladies They Talk About at AllMovie
- Ladies They Talk About at Rotten Tomatoes