Queen of the Mob


1h 1m 1940

Film Details

Also Known As
The Woman from Hell
Release Date
Jun 28, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the book Persons in Hiding by J. Edgar Hoover (Boston, 1938).

Technical Specs

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

Synopsis

Mobster Ma Webster rules her clan with an iron hand, taking charge of all their robberies despite the protests of George Frost, the only member of her gang who is not her son. On Christmas Eve, Ma, George and her sons Eddie, Charlie and Tom, rob the Centre City bank, but are warned to get out of town by her other son Bert, who disdains their criminal activity and is studying to be a lawyer. Ma and the gang go on a crime spree across the states, receiving $300,000 in ransom for kidnapping, and additional cash from various robberies. Aware that the serial numbers on the ransom money have been recorded by federal agents, they arrange with fellow crook Pan to trade the money $100,000 in unmarked bills, but take the bills and kill him instead, They are unaware, however, that the police have found a list of the serial numbers for all Pan's bills in his coat pocket. Federal agents Scott Langham and Ross Waring are put on the case, and trace the Websters to a Southern town, where Ma is posing as a socialite. The Websters elude the police, but are forced to live meagerly while hiding out in cheap hotels. By the next Christmas, Ma returns to Centre City to visit Bert's baby boy. While she is out, her boys hold up a store, but Charlie is killed and Tom is arrested. Bert represents Tom at his extradition trial, and convinces him to plead guilty and return willingly to the city of the kidnapping. When George wants to go his own way, Ma and Eddie kill him, then hire Stitch Torey to get Tom away from the police. Their attempt fails, however, and most of Torey's gang perish. After a year, Ma and Eddie have developed a low profile while Eddie works at a cannery to support them, and Ma becomes neighborly. Unknown to Ma, Eddie arranges a hideout for some robbers he hopes to join up with and gives them a case of canned food, but the criminals' car crashes and the police get Eddie's fingerprints from the cans. On Christmas Eve, federal agents attempt to arrest Ma and Eddie, who respond with gunfire. In the hail of bullets, Eddie is killed and Ma is finally arrested.

Cast

Ralph Bellamy

Scott Langham

Jack Carson

Ross Waring

Blanche Yurka

Ma Webster

Richard Denning

Charlie Webster

James Seay

Eddie Webster

Paul Kelly

Tom Webster

William Henry

Bert Webster

Jean Cagney

Ethel Webster

J. Carrol Naish

George Frost

Hedda Hopper

Mrs. Emily Sturgis

Pierre Watkin

Stitch Torey

Billy Gilbert

Caterer

John Harmon

Pinky

John Miljan

Pan

Russell Hicks

Judge

William Duncan

District Attorney

Betty Mclaughlin

Girl

Charles Lane

Horace Grimley

Charlotte Wynters

Mrs. Grimley

Paul Fix

A man

Paul Stanton

Edmonds

Tommy Conley

Billy Webster

Charles Moore

Butler

Raymond Hatton

Auto camp proprietor

Mary Treen

Nurse, Bert's baby

Frank M. Thomas

Doctor

Ed Gargan

Policeman

Howard Mitchell

Santa Claus

John Laird

Customer in bank

Neil Hamilton

Griswold

Robert Ryan

Jim

Leona Roberts

Mrs. Greenough

Lloyd Corrigan

Jason

Laura Treadwell

Matron

Roy Gordon

Mr. Milliken

James Flavin

FBI office chief

Sonny Bupp

Newsboy

Herbert Naish

Newboy

Tommy Bupp

Newsboy

Rex Moore

Newsboy

Harry C. Bradley

Lawyer

Mary Gordon

Janitress

Hilda Plowright

Mrs. Milliken

Walter Fenner

Ransom man

Edward Cooper

Webster butler

May Beatty

Ellen

Selmer Jackson

Bank manager

William Pawley

Man with pan

Stanley Price

Second man with pan

John "skins" Miller

Man in hideout

Edward J. Marr

Gangster

James Dundee

Gangster

Max Hoffman Jr.

Gangster

Brady Kline

Police captain

James Farley

Paymaster

Allen Fox

Man behind Eddie

Edgar Dearing

Motorcycle officer

Edwin Stanley

Federal prosecuting attorney

Nora Cecil

Mission worker

Tom Dugan

Man in mission

Franklin Parker

Filling station attendant

Donald Douglas

F.B.I. director

Bruce Mitchell

Chief of police

Brooks Benedict

Film Details

Also Known As
The Woman from Hell
Release Date
Jun 28, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the book Persons in Hiding by J. Edgar Hoover (Boston, 1938).

Technical Specs

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

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working title of this film was The Woman from Hell. J. Edgar Hoover's book also served as the basis for Parole Fixer and Undercover Doctor (see below).