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I don't think it's possible to overrate this movie
What's amazing about this film is that, for me at least, Bette Davis doesn't steal the show, even though she has a great role -- a high-voltage character in a high-voltage drama. In other words, the entire cast is amazing in this. Particularly impressive for me are Lola Lane, Mayo Methot, and the ever-so-nasty Edward Cianelli. The song Lola Lane sings in the club is a special treat.
Bette and Bogie Excellent
Never saw this film before, but it is great. Thanks TCM!
- Pamela Richardson
SHOW IT IT is great
MOVIE OF SURPRISES A MARKED WOMAN
MAN WHAT A MOVIE! HUMPHREY BOGART WAS GREAT AS A DISTRICT ATTORNEY. BETTY DAVIS STOLED THE SHOW. BUT EVERYBODY PLAY GREAT. THE BAD GUYS PLAY THEIR ROLES GOOD. THE MUSIC WAS GREAT. A MARKED WOMAN WAS VERY GOOD MOVIE. BOGIE-BETTY DAVIS. SUCH LONG CAREER STARS. BOTH ON TOP OF MY LIST OF STARS. EVERYBODY SHOULD OWNED THIS MOVIE. A CLASSIC
Marked Woman (1937)
- James Higgins
Bette Davis excellent performance and a solid screenplay make this a fine crime melodrama. The entire cast is wonderful, Humphrey Bogart, Mayo Methot, Lola Lane and Eduardo Ciannelli stand out. Good Warner Brothers production. The costume design stands out and it is well photographed. It always held my interest. A fine and very entertaining classic.
Davis Wins a Best Actress Volpi Cup
Playing Mary Stauber, a clip joint hostess who's supposed to roll guys for the mobster who's taken over what was a decent night club, Bette Davis continues to rise as a formiddable actor. Humphrey Bogart plays the district attorney who's trying to nail the clip joint's crooked owner. Davis has a bundle of energy is this role but it's not the kind where she chews the other characters up. She's cute, clever, and not the least bit intimidated by her boss. When her younger sister shows up for a visit from college, all the hostesses who live together try to hide what they do for a living and fail. Mary's naive little sister gets drawn into the clip joint by the ditziest gal in the group and winds up murdered. Mary becomes an avenger who risks her life to help the DA prosecute her boss for killing her sister. This is around the 3rd or 4th film that Davis and Bogie have been in together. Both of them are coming into their full blown acting skills.
Another Best Actress Award for Davis
Some folks only count Oscars as major awards for actors. That's rather ethnocentric (culture bound). Bette Davis won the 1937 Volpi Cup award for Best Actress for her performance in this film. Whenever biopics or AFI salutes or tributes are focused upon the clips from Davis' great films, they almost always use ones from this film. Davis is a nighclub hostess putting her younger sister through college when tragedy strikes. Her lines about surviving are the ones included in those famous clips. The guy who's going to help her survive in none other than the DA, Humphrey Bogart. But not before she's brutally assaulted by the nightclub (clip joint) owner's thugs, marring her face. Davis insisted upon wearing the actual type of bandaging that would go on such a wound. Anything but glamorous. And so she began from the start of her acting career to the finish insisting upon looking the part of her character, no matter what that meant. What that did for women is immeasurable. But it surely put the idea of actresses being glamor-pusses to shame.
A Bette Davis & Humphrey Bogart Film
There are two main reasons to own this film: the performance of Bette Davis, who is the central character, and the performance of Humphrey Bogart who is not typecast as the gangster. He's the DA and good guy instead. Davis won a Best Actress award for her leading performance. Her dialogue is delivered with such conviction.
1937 Best Actress Volpi Cup for Davis
In 1937, Bette Davis won 2 Best Actress Volpi Cup Awards at the Venice Film Festival: 1 for "Kid Galahad," the other for her portrayal of Mary Dwight Strauber in "Marked Woman." Lloyd Bacon directs this gangster type of film that stars two of Hollywood's rising legends: Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart. Davis and Bogart switch character types in this film. Bogart is the prosecutor who's out to nail Vanning, the gangster who's running the lives of a group of 'hostesses' in the nightclub. 'clip-joint' he owns. Mary (Davis) is one of the 'hostesses' who refuses to 'rat' on her villainous boss, primarily out of defiance, at first. Later on, she's hard pressed to work with the prosecutor (Bogart) in order to convict the man who killed her younger and innocent sister. Mary becomes are marked woman in more way than one. Some of Davis' lines from this film are routinely selected to feature as film clips in biographies about Bette Davis. Davis steals this show!
Bette & Bogie reverse roles
Humphrey Bogart is best known for being a gangster. Bette Davis is best known for being a man's wife, romantic interest, or lover. In "Marked Woman" Bette & Bogie reverse roles. Bogie plays an eager district attorney out to bust a mob ring. Bette plays an initially uncooperative, albeit reluctant, employee of the king pin. It's Bette who becomes the marked woman in more ways than one. During her performance, Bette's already showing the signs that she's becoming the star of the show. I love her confidence that shines through the well written script as she delivers the lines.
Young Bette Davis & Humphrey Bogart
The many scenes that Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart are in together make "Marked Woman," a choice classic. Davis is 29 and Bogie is 37. Bogie's a prosecutor and Davis' a dance hall hostess who's putting her kid sister through college. After a gangster takes over the club Davis and her friends work in and changes what their jobs entail, the sinister stuff starts happening. When a murder is committed, Bogie tries to convince Davis to testify against her boss. The trouble is that all of the women are terrified of the consequences. Without their testimmony Bogie can't convict the murderer. Davis steals the show. She's beautiful, radiant and quite the actor. The scenes between Davis and Bogart are classic.
A Protective Sister
Although 38yo Humphrey Bogart plays the District Attorney, 29yo Bette Davis, playing a gangster's dance hall hostess, whose job is to get men drunk and entertain them, easily steals this show. Bogie's performance is swell. All of the supporting woman actors' are too. But Bette Davis turns on her high wired electric persona as the protective sister who's working to put her young sister through college so that she can have a better future than her own. The problem comes when the younger sister finds out what her older sister's doing and why. Davis' delivers such well scripted lines with great emotional conviction. She's already a master actor.
Intensity at its best!
- April Sanz
It took me some time to finally decide to watch this, and when I finally did I felt the intensity of it getting better and better. Bette and Bogie were so good here. I believe it's what is really call STARDOM at it's best performance
Bette Davis' Gangster Movie
- John Klintworth
Bette Davis is one tough gal in Marked Woman as a "dancehall hostess" (prostitute) who works for a mob boss. Humphrey Bogart plays the good guy in this gangster picture as a crime fighting public attorney. A gritty and fun little black & white picture which gives Davis one of her better pre-Jezebel roles. Definitely worth a look.