The Forgotten Woman


1h 7m 1939

Film Details

Also Known As
Convicted Women, Dames
Release Date
Jul 7, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 7m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

Two men answer an ad placed by Anne Kennedy and her husband Terrence to share expenses on a trip to Florida. Unknown to the Kennedys, the men are actually gangsters planning to use their car for a getaway after a hold-up. After the gangsters escape during a car chase in which her husband is killed, Anne is arrested, brought to trial for robbery and convicted by David Burke, the crusading young district attorney who is convinced of her guilt. Soon after Anne is sentenced to prison, one of the robbers is shot during a hold-up and, before dying, he exonerates her. Because Burke is out of town, political boss Charles Courtenay is told of the confession and chooses to suppress the testimony in order to protect the district attorney's career. While in prison, Anne gives birth to a son she names Terry. Paroled four years later, she goes with her loyal friend, Carrie Ashburn, to claim her child from an orphanage, but is told that she must establish a good home and an income first. As Anne begins to search for a job, Burke begins an investigation into Courtenay's crooked banker friends, and when he refuses to dismiss the indictments, Courtenay accuses Burke of railroading Anne into jail and threatens to expose him. Unable to find a job, Anne disappears, and both men begin to search for her. Failing to find her, Burke adopts Terry as atonement for his mistake. Soon afterward, Anne returns, and Courtenay, in an attempt to discredit Burke, tells her that Burke knew of the confession all along and offers to mount a campaign to clear her name. When Anne learns that Burke has adopted Terry, she accuses him of trying to quiet his troubled conscience, but he protests that it was Courtenay who kept the confession from him. As Anne is about to leave, Terry is injured in an auto accident, and Anne comes to realize how much Burke loves the boy. She then threatens Courtenay with a lawsuit unless he stops blackmailing Burke, and he agrees to her terms. As Anne prepares to leave town, Burke catches up to her and persuades her to become his wife.

Film Details

Also Known As
Convicted Women, Dames
Release Date
Jul 7, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 7m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

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Notes

The working titles of this picture were Dames and Convicted Women. It was also reviewed as Forgotten Women. The title of John Kobler's unpublished story was "Dames."