Lady Gangster (April 1, 1942)

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Lady Gangster
 

Released on April 1, 1942: A failed actress helps gangsters rob a bank, but before she goes to prison, she steals the loot from the gangsters and hides it.

Produced by William Jacobs

Directed by Robert Florey

The Actors: Faye Emerson (Dorothy ‘Dot’ Burton), Julie Bishop (Myrtle Reed), Jackie Gleason (Wilson), Frank Wilcox (Kenneth Phillips), Roland Drew (Carey Wells), Ruth Ford (Lucy Fenton), Virginia Brissac (Mrs. Stoner, Head Matron), Dorothy Vaughan (Miss Jenkins, prison matron), Dorothy Adams (Deaf Anne), William Hopper (John, Phillips' assistant), Vera Lewis (Ma Silsby), Herbert Rawlinson (Lewis Sinton), Peggy Diggins (Mary), Charles C. Wilson (Detective), William 'Bill' Phillips (Stew), Frank Mayo (Walker), Leah Baird (Miss Stoner), Daisy Bufford (black girl), Ken Christy (Jordan the bank guard), Fred Kelsey (cop shooting Carey), Jack Mower (Sergeant), Joan Winfield (nurse)

 

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Bandit Beauty Burton Behind Bars

Would you believe that the first known instance of a topless woman on television was by a lady who lived in the White House as part of the President’s family? Got your attention? Ok, here goes:

There are several characters in this gangster adventure that you might remember from the early years of television, including Hedda Hopper’s son William, who would be most famous as the private detective helping Perry Mason solve all his murder cases. Jackie Gleason, star of one of the first situation comedies ‘The Honeymooners’ is a gangster who gets killed. Frank Wilcox was a character actor with the familiar face in many television programs, but the gal with the stories that will amaze is Faye Emerson, the gangster gal leading lady in this movie.

Faye Emerson was spotted by both Paramount and Warner Brothers, and she signed with Warner Brothers to appear in many ‘B’ movies like this one from 1942. After divorcing her car dealer husband, she met and married Elliott Roosevelt, a son of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and they lived in the White House until the death of FDR in 1945.

 When Faye and Elliott Roosevelt left Washington they went to New York City to mingle with the rich and famous, eventually going to the Soviet Union together to interview Joseph Stalin for an American magazine. Back in New York Faye got the acting bug and hit Broadway, also making occasional television appearances as a guest host replacing stars like Garry Moore, Edward R. Murrow and Dave Garroway.

From October 4, 1949 until April 12, 1952 Hardie Frieberg produced a television show called “15 with Faye”, broadcast live on C.B.S. following the fifteen minute CBS evening news. Her show was on every other weeknight, alternating with the Perry Como Show. The program included music and celebrity interviews.Rumor has it that one evening while on air in a low-cut evening gown, the top of the gown suddenly slipped to her waist exposing her ample bosom for a few seconds in what was possibly television’s first live ‘costume malfunction’.

In this movie she is a failed-actress who teams up with three gangsters to rob a bank, and she gets caught and sent to prison, where she will learn the pros and cons of prison life, thanks to a great cast of lady convicts that make up her universe behind bars. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Charles C. Wilson and Faye Emerson
Charles C. Wilson and Faye Emerson
Charles C. Wilson
Charles C. Wilson
Charles C. Wilson
Charles C. Wilson
Dorothy Adams
Dorothy Adams
Dorothy Adams
Dorothy Adams
Dorothy Adams and Ruth Ford
Dorothy Adams and Ruth Ford
Dorothy Adams behind bars
Dorothy Adams behind bars
Dorothy Vaughan and Faye Emerson
Dorothy Vaughan and Faye Emerson
Dorothy Vaughan and Faye Emerson
Dorothy Vaughan and Faye Emerson
Dorothy Vaughan
Dorothy Vaughan
Faye Emerson and Frank Wilcox
Faye Emerson and Frank Wilcox
Faye Emerson and Jackie Gleason
Faye Emerson and Jackie Gleason
Faye Emerson, Roland Drew and Jackie Gleason
Faye Emerson, Roland Drew and Jackie Gleason
Faye Emerson and Virginia Brissac
Faye Emerson and Virginia Brissac
Faye Emerson calls the cops
Faye Emerson calls the cops
Faye Emerson
Faye Emerson
Faye Emerson
Faye Emerson
Faye Emerson
Faye Emerson
Frank Wilcox
Frank Wilcox
Frank Wilcox
Frank Wilcox
Herbert Rawlinson
Herbert Rawlinson
Herbert Rawlinson and Faye Emerson
Herbert Rawlinson and Faye Emerson
Herbert Rawlinson
Herbert Rawlinson
Jack Mower
Jack Mower
Jackie Gleason
Jackie Gleason
Julie Bishop
Julie Bishop
Julie Bishop and Faye Emerson
Julie Bishop and Faye Emerson
Julie Bishop
Julie Bishop
Ken Christy and Charles C. Wilson
Ken Christy and Charles C. Wilson
Ken Christy and Faye Emerson
Ken Christy and Faye Emerson
Ken Christy
Ken Christy
Roland Drew and Jackie Gleason
Roland Drew and Jackie Gleason
Roland Drew
Roland Drew
Ruth Ford
Ruth Ford
Ruth Ford and Dorothy Adams
Ruth Ford and Dorothy Adams
Ruth Ford and Dorothy Vaughan
Ruth Ford and Dorothy Vaughan
Ruth Ford
Ruth Ford
Vera Lewis
Vera Lewis
Vera Lewis and Faye Emerson
Vera Lewis and Faye Emerson
Vera Lewis
Vera Lewis
Virginia Brissac
Virginia Brissac
Virginia Brissac
Virginia Brissac
William Hopper
William Hopper
William Hopper
William Hopper