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Women Won't Tell (January 1, 1933)

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Women Won't Tell
 

Released on January 1, 1933: A lady and her daughter who live in the town dump inherit a fortune when the old gal claims that the wealthy factory owner who just died was the little girl's father.

Produced by George R. Batcheller

Directed by Richard Thorpe

The Actors: Sarah Padden (Aggie Specks), Otis Harlan (Henry Jones), Gloria Shea (April Specks Moorehouse), Larry Kent (George Robinson), Edmund Breese (attorney for the defense), Mae Busch (Mrs. Ruth Howard), Walter Long (Joe Kummer), William V. Mong (Elias Moorehouse), Robert Ellis (District Attorney), Tom Ricketts (Williams), Isabel Withers (Wanda Wolf), John Hyams (Walter Robinson), Jane Darwell (Mrs. Walter Robinson), Dewey Robinson (Gregory Howard), Donald Kirke (Alvin Thompson), June Bennett (April as a child), Charles Hill Mailes (second judge), Betty Mack (Liz), Ted Billings (courtroom spectator), Billy Bletcher (tennis game radio announcer), Walter Brennan (dump workman), Julia Griffith (tennis game spectator), Isabel La Mal (prison matron), Frank LaRue (first judge)

 
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The Duchess of the Dump and the Bastard Daughter

1933 was the fourth year of the Great Depression that would last until the spending of the Second World War in the 1940's pulled the economy out of the dumper, and the motion picture industry was churning out stories now known as 'Poverty Row' pictures, what we might later call 'rags to riches' tales involving characters that are caught in the depths of the Great Depression who struggle against all odds and end up on the sunny side of the street. Most of the Poverty Row motion picture companies went out of business when the economy got better and fortunately for us many of their movies became public domain and they will live on forever on web sites like mine and I suspect become more popular and well-known than many of the classics that are buried away in company vaults to be seen only rarely. This poverty row classic begins in the dump where Aggie Specks lives. She is known as the Duchess of the Dump, and she had a young daughter April, and she scraps and scrapes among the trash that others throw away to provide food and clothing for herself and her daughter. Next to the dump is the large factory built by old man Moorehouse, a grumpy old man who lived in the factory and had no friends. Moorehouse has only one passion in his angry life . . . to have the dump and Duchess Aggie moved away from his factory . . . far, far away. One day old man Moorehouse kicks the bucket and we discover that Aggie claims that her little girl is the daughter of old man Moorehouse. Without any will or heirs, the courts give April and her mom Aggie complete control of the factory and the wealth that the old man left. Now the Duchess of the Dump and her daughter are living high and well, and Aggie runs the factory even better than old man Moorehouse did and prosperity is all anyone can see in the future . . . until . . . well, it gets mighty complicated from here on out, but just let me clue you in . . . if you look at the actors and their roles, you will notice that there is a prison matron listed . . . yup . . . The Duchess of the Dump may end up in prison before the ending of this adventure, and only one man can get her out of trouble . . . dump truck driver Joe Kummer that we meet in the beginning of the movie who has a secret . . . a secret known only to himself and Aggie . . . and Aggie ain't a tellin' because Women Won't Tell. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Billy Bletcher
Billy Bletcher
Charles Hill Mailes and Robert Ellis
Charles Hill Mailes and Robert Ellis
Charles Hill Mailes
Charles Hill Mailes
Donald Kirke and Isabel Withers
Donald Kirke and Isabel Withers
Edmund Breese and Walter Long
Edmund Breese and Walter Long
Gloria Shea and John Hyams
Gloria Shea and John Hyams
Gloria Shea and Larry Kent
Gloria Shea and Larry Kent
Gloria Shea
Gloria Shea
Isabel Withers and Donald Kirke
Isabel Withers and Donald Kirke
Jane Darwell, Julia Griffith and Larry Kent
Jane Darwell, Julia Griffith and Larry Kent
Jane Darwell
Jane Darwell
John Hyams and George Robinson
John Hyams and George Robinson
June Bennett and Otis Harlan
June Bennett and Otis Harlan
June Bennett and Sarah Padden
June Bennett and Sarah Padden
June Bennett and William V. Mong
June Bennett and William V. Mong
Larry Kent and Otis Harlan
Larry Kent and Otis Harlan
Mae Busch and Dewey Robinson
Mae Busch and Dewey Robinson
Otis Harlan, Sarah Padden and June Bennett
Otis Harlan, Sarah Padden and June Bennett
Sarah Padden in Women Won't Tell
Sarah Padden in Women Won't Tell
Sarah Padden and Isabel Withers
Sarah Padden and Isabel Withers
Sarah Padden, Mae Busch and Dewey Robinson
Sarah Padden, Mae Busch and Dewey Robinson
Sarah Padden and Otis Harlan
Sarah Padden and Otis Harlan
Sarah Padden and Robert Ellis
Sarah Padden and Robert Ellis
Sarah Padden and Walter Long
Sarah Padden and Walter Long
Sarah Padden and William V. Mong
Sarah Padden and William V. Mong
Sarah Padden and William V. Mong
Sarah Padden and William V. Mong
Sara Padden and Walter Long
Sara Padden and Walter Long
Sarah Padden in Women Won't Talk
Sarah Padden in Women Won't Talk
Walter Brennan warns another worker not to take anything from the dump
Walter Brennan warns another worker not to take anything from the dump
Sarah Padden and Walter Long
Sarah Padden and Walter Long
William V. Mong and Tom Ricketts
William V. Mong and Tom Ricketts