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Beware of Ladies (December 12, 1936)

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Beware of Ladies
 

Released on December 12, 1936: A hot-shot lady reporter gets more than she bargains for when she tries to help a stiff but honest politician win an election by changing his image to the ladies.

Directed by Irving Pichel

The Actors: Donald Cook (George Martin), Judith Allen (Betty White), George Meeker (Freddie White), Goodee Montgomery (Gertie), Russell Hopton (Randall Randall), William Newell (Sniff), Dwight Frye (Swanson), Thomas E. Jackson (Albert Simmons), Josephine Whittell (Alice McDonald), William Crowell (Tony Baxter), Robert Strange (John Williams), Eric Wilton (Henry, Martin's chauffeur), Phil Dunham (J. Robert Slank, candidate for D.A.), Edgar Allen (unknown), Richard Beach (reporter Roberts), Henrietta Burnside (Mrs. Anderson), Bonnie Gaye Cowen (little girl), Marc Cramer (Williams henchman), Lester Dorr (newspaper reporter), Grace Durkin (unknown), Fred Hamilton (unknown), William Hopper (reporter), June Johnson (unknown), Robert Emmett Keane (Charles Collins, newspaper publisher), Christine Maple (Randall's secretary), Henry Otto (plain clothes policeman), Mary Russell (Williams Secretary), Jack Stewart (policeman), Emma Tansey (little old lady), Lee Van Atta (newspaper boy, son of little old lady)

 
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Image is Everything

Can you remember a politician who was possibly the best man for the job, but his personality was just too stiff or too businesslike, or maybe 'professional' to be 'empathetic' to the common man . . . they just couldn't get the 'I'd like to share dinner and conversation with this fellow' feeling from the voters. I can remember several, starting with Democrat Hubert Humphrey and ending so far with Republican Mitt Romney, with many from both major political parties in between. The answer to good men who run for office but cannot connect to a segment of the voters seems to be 'image management.' When in 1936 straight arrow George Martin, played by Donald Cook, is running for District Attorney and his opponent is backed by a fellow that wants to get him elected even if it means using dirty tricks. All-business Martin doesn't have a chance at winning the women's vote because he doesn't know how to be anything but stiff, honest, and business-like in front of the voters . . . he doesn't have a drop of the soft and fluffy 'easy going neighbor, good fellow' personality that the lady voters want to see. Enter newspaper reporter Betty White, yes, that is her cast name . . . Betty White . . . played by Judith Allen. Her boss wants to help get Martin elected and he knows that Martin has no idea how to appeal to the voting ladies. It is the job of his crack reporter Betty White to join Martin's campaign and make him appear friendly to the women voters. He wants no part of her ideas so she fakes several photos of the candidate that make him look friendlier. All is working well until the other side decides that they can fake a picture that will kill the Martin campaign, and so they arrange to take a photo of the honest but stiff candidate with the married-but-separated reporter Betty White, making it look like they are lovers. It looks like all is lost for the good guy and the gal reporter who is falling for him, when the other candidate pulls off the gloves and starts to fight dirty and hard. Then a dead body turns up at the very worst moment. Ahhh, . . . . but good citizen voters, fear not the dirty tricks of the opponent, but rather Beware of Ladies and beware of the open elevator shaft! Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Christine Maple as lawyer Randall's secretary
Christine Maple as lawyer Randall's secretary
Christine Maple in Beware of Ladies
Christine Maple in Beware of Ladies
Donald Cook and Judith Allen in Beware of Ladies
Donald Cook and Judith Allen in Beware of Ladies
Donald Cook and Russell Hopton
Donald Cook and Russell Hopton
Donald Cook as George Martin, candidate for District Attorney
Donald Cook as George Martin, candidate for District Attorney
Donald Cook tips his hat for the camera
Donald Cook tips his hat for the camera
Donald Cook holding a baby
Donald Cook holding a baby
Dwight Frye as Swanson, spy for the other candidate
Dwight Frye as Swanson, spy for the other candidate
Dwight Frye calls the other candidate's manager
Dwight Frye calls the other candidate's manager
Emma Tansey and Lee Van Atta
Emma Tansey and Lee Van Atta
Eric Wilton is forced to call reporter Betty White
Eric Wilton is forced to call reporter Betty White
George Meeker and Judith Allen
George Meeker and Judith Allen
George Meeker, William Crowell and Russell Hopton
George Meeker, William Crowell and Russell Hopton
George Meeker and William Crowell
George Meeker and William Crowell
George Meeker as Freddie White
George Meeker as Freddie White
Judith Allen lays down the law to George Meeker
Judith Allen lays down the law to George Meeker
Goodee Montgomery and Judith Allen
Goodee Montgomery and Judith Allen
Goodee Montgomery as Gertie
Goodee Montgomery as Gertie
Josephine Whittell as Alice McDonald
Josephine Whittell as Alice McDonald
Judith Allen, Donald Cook and chauffeur Eric Wilton
Judith Allen, Donald Cook and chauffeur Eric Wilton
Judith Allen and Donald Cook are held at gun point by lawyer Randall
Judith Allen and Donald Cook are held at gun point by lawyer Randall
Judith Allen and George Meeker in Beware of Ladies
Judith Allen and George Meeker in Beware of Ladies
Judith Allen and Robert Emmett Keane
Judith Allen and Robert Emmett Keane
Judith Allen gets a black eye
Judith Allen gets a black eye
Judith Allen meets Donald Cook
Judith Allen meets Donald Cook
Robert Emmett Keane and Judith Allen listen to Donald Cook yelling over the phone
Robert Emmett Keane and Judith Allen listen to Donald Cook yelling over the phone
Robert Emmett Keane as newspaper publisher Charles Collins
Robert Emmett Keane as newspaper publisher Charles Collins
Robert Strange as campaign manager John Williams
Robert Strange as campaign manager John Williams
Russell Hopton and Robert Strange hold a gun on the candidate and the reporter
Russell Hopton and Robert Strange hold a gun on the candidate and the reporter
Russell Hopton and Robert Strange make a deal over lunch
Russell Hopton and Robert Strange make a deal over lunch
Russell Hopton as lawyer Randy Randall
Russell Hopton as lawyer Randy Randall
Thomas E. Jackson as Ed Simmons
Thomas E. Jackson as Ed Simmons
William Crowell as henchman Tony Baxter
William Crowell as henchman Tony Baxter
William Crowell holds a gun on Eric Wilton
William Crowell holds a gun on Eric Wilton
William Newell, George Meeker and William Crowell
William Newell, George Meeker and William Crowell