Cast & Crew
J. Farrell Macdonald
Because nurse Linda Morgan's brother Tommy has been wrongly imprisoned for stealing bonds, she postpones her marriage to Dr. Steven Russell. To help Tommy, Linda enlists the aid of Public defender Wallace and police Capt. Ryan and has herself assigned as a nurse to ailing racketeer Lew Adams, one of the men who committed the crime for which Tommy was sent to prison. Hoping to gain Adams' confidence, Linda gets herself arrested on a phony charge and is bailed out by Ferguson, Adams' suspicious lawyer. Vicki, the incarcerated girl friend of gang leader Blake, is also suspicious and has Ferguson revoke bail. Linda manages to have herself thrown into a cell with Vicki and tries to win her confidence. The plan almost fails when Steve comes to bail Linda out, but she convinces him to bail Vicki out as well. Grateful, Vicki takes Linda to Blake's hideout but is secretly followed by the police. The police lose sight of them, however, and Linda is in serious danger when Ferguson discovers her real identity. Ferguson, Blake and Vicki leave the hideout, hoping to escape from the United States with fake passports, but Blake returns to shoot Linda. Because he has fallen in love with her, Adams cannot bear to see her killed and saves her life by shooting Blake, who, in turn, fatally wounds Adams. Steve then arrives with the police, who arrest the rest of the crooks, enabling Tommy to be freed.
J. Farrell Macdonald
Mary Lou Lender
The film's pre-release title was Private Nurse. A news item in Variety in late December 1936 noted that Scott R. Dunlap had purchased Numbered Woman, "an original" by Harrison Jacobs for Sterling Pictures Corp. Another news item in Hollywood Reporter in July 1937 noted that Arthur Greville Collins had been given the job of producing and directing Monogram's Numbered Women, which was to go into production the following week. The credits for the released film did not mention Jacobs, Collins or Dunlap, although Dunlap was the vice-president in charge of production at Monogram in 1938. Sterling Pictures was established in November 1936 by Dunlap and W. Ray Johnston when they left Republic Pictures. The name Sterling Pictures apparently was never used on any released films, and many of the films announced as Sterling properties eventually were produced under the Monogram name.