Woman Unafraid (March 27, 1947)
Released on March 27, 1934: A tough but caring lady cop tries to get the evidence on a killer gangster who may get her first.
Produced by Ken Goldsmith
Directed by William J. Cowen
Written by Mary Eunice McCarthy
The Actors: Lucile Gleason (Police Officer Augusta Worthington), Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher (Anthony Devlin), Lona Andre (Peggy), Warren Hymer (sailor John), Barbara Weeks (Mary Sloan), Laura Treadwell (Mrs. Eleanor Worthington), Eddie Phillips (Mack), Jason Robards Sr. (Big Bill Lewis), Ruth Clifford (unknown), Dick Elliott (nightclub owner Tom Bradley), Erin La Bissonmiere (unknown), Julie Kingdon (unknown), Joyce Coad (unknown), Ernie Adams (henchman Barry), Franklin Parker (unknown), Baby Waring (Mary's baby boy)
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"Augusta is the best woman in the world . . . even if she is a cop!"
Once in a while there is a man . . . or woman . . . who gets an urge . . . an urge to do something special. I remember as a young boy the amazing story of David Wilkerson. He was a preacher like my dad in the same denomination and in a town not too far from us when in 1958 he read a story in Life Magazine about the Egyptian Dragons street gang in New York City. His spirit was filled with a passion to help disadvantaged teens in the big city and he drove from his small town Pennsylvania home to New York City where he slept in his car and walked the streets for days talking to street gang members that were trapped in a vicious cycle of drugs and destructive decisions. From that intense passion grew the Teen Challenge organization that still thrives and helps teens in trouble with the law and society turn around and become better men and women. I can still remember as a very young boy one occasion when Rev. Wilkerson visited us and I was fascinated by his very unusual small car shaped like a wedge with only three wheels.
This crime adventure, filmed some 25 years earlier, is about one feisty old lady cop with a similar passion - the passion to help girls in trouble . . . some in trouble with the law and some in trouble with men. Peggy, played by Lona Andre, has a bun in the oven and no husband, so she wants to run away, but is convinced to move in with Augusta . . . Police Officer Augusta Winthrop, played by Lucile Gleason. Then another girl knocks on Augusta's door who has a little baby by gangster Big Bill Lewis - Jason Robards Sr. in a rare role of the bad guy. The gangster's girl took cancelled checks and evidence of his crimes with her and policewoman Augusta would just love to get that evidence and put the gangster away for a long time. Of course, big gangsters don't get very big by being stupid, and he is able to keep one step ahead of the cops. After killing the young girl the gangster only needs to get the evidence back to be in the clear, but Augusta now has that evidence, so he will try to take the evidence from Augusta and then kill her just as he did his girlfriend. Alone in a hotel room with Augusta his hand is on the trigger and Augusta faces certain death . . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.
Barbara Weeks and Jason Robards Sr.
Dick Elliott and Lucile Gleason
Jason Robards Sr. as gangster Big Bill Lewis
Jason Robards Sr. in Woman Unafraid
Laura Treadwell and Lucile Gleason
Laura Treadwell as Eleanor Worthington
Laura Treadwell in the motion picture Woman Unafraid
Lona Andre, Lucile Gleason and Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher
Lona Andre and Ruth Clifford
Lona Andre and Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher
Lona Andre as Peggy
Lona Andre in Woman Unafraid
Lucile Gleason and Barbara Weeks
Lucile Gleason and Laura Treadwell and Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher
Lucile Gleason and Laura Treadwell
Lucile Gleason and Warren Hymer
Movie credit screen for Lucile Gleason
Movie credit screen for Skeets Gallagher
Movie credit screen for Warren Hymer and Barbara Weeks
Movie credit screen for Lona Andre
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher and Laura Treadwell
Skeets Gallagher proposes to Lona Andre
Ruth Clifford and Dick Elliott
Ruth Clifford and Lucile Gleason
Skeets Gallagher and Lucile Gleason
Skeets Gallagher, Ruth Clifford and Lucile Gleason
Skeets Gallagher and Ruth Clifford