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Marked Woman

Marked Woman(1937)

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Racketeer Johnny Vanning takes over the Club Intime where Mary Dwight and her roommates, Gabby Marvin, Emmy Lou Egan, Florrie Liggett and Estelle Porter are working as hostesses. Mary accuses Vanning of creating a clip joint, but the women are intimidated by his tactics and go along with his new policies. When Vanning's henchman, Charlie Delaney, kills Ralph Krawfurd for not paying his gambling debts, Mary is implicated and arrested. Prosecutor David Graham, believing he has convinced Mary to testify against the gangsters, puts her on the stand only to have her double-cross him, and Vanning is acquitted. During the trial, Mary's younger sister Betty, who is unexpectedly visiting from college, realizes the truth about Mary's secret life. Disillusioned and bitter, Betty remains in New York and accompanies Emmy Lou to one of Vanning's parties. There Betty is approached by Bob Crandall, and when she resists his advances, Vanning strikes her and she falls down a staircase to her death. Mary threatens to expose Vanning, but when his henchmen brutally beat her and use a knife on her face, she and the other women agree to testify for the state. Emmy Lou, who is being held by Vanning because she witnessed Betty's death, escapes her guards and joins her friends in court. With Mary's testimony, Graham finally wins his case against the racketeer. Although he is attracted to Mary's courage and offers to help her, she knows any further involvement with him is hopeless. As the women walk off into the foggy night, Graham remains behind to address the press.