City Without Men (January 14, 1943)
Released on January 14, 1943: (running time 1 hour and 15 minutes) A group of wives and girlfriends of convicted prisoners plan a jail break to get their men out of stir.
Directed by Sidney Salkow
Written by Martin Berkeley, Donald Davis, W.L. River, Budd Schulberg and George Sklar
The Actors: Linda Darnell (Nancy Johnson, school teacher), Edgar Buchanan (Michael T. Malloy, attorney), Michael Duane (Tom Adams, sailor), Sara Allgood (Maria Barton, landlady), Glenda Farrell (Billie LaRue), Leslie Brooks (Gwen, Southern faker), Doris Dudley (Winnie, jailbreak planner), Margaret Hamilton (Dumb Dora), Constance Worth (Elsie), Rosemary DeCamp (Mrs. Slade), Sheldon Leonard (Monk LaRue), Joseph Crehan (Father Burns, prison chaplain), Oscar O'Shea (Joseph Barton), Clyde Fillmore (Senator John P. Malloy), Stanley Blystone (prison guard), Lloyd Bridges (Coast Guard Helmsman), Jack Carr (Curly, bartender), George Chandler (Chester), William B. Davidson (prison warden), Boyd Davis (Senator), Don DeFore (Mr. Peters), Lester Dorr (Coast Guard Officer), Tom Dugan (convict Pete), James Flavin (Coast Guard Officer), William Gould (the Judge), Arthur Hohl (convict), Robert Homans (Port Captain), Crauford Kent (prosecuting attorney), Richard Loo (Japanese spy), Jack Perry (patron in bar), Dewey Robinson (laundry boss), Frank M. Thomas (Senator)
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Busting Our Men Out of Prison
At the age of eleven, Linda Darnell was modeling adult ladies clothing in Dallas, telling her employer that she was sixteen, going on seventeen. When Hollywood talent scouts visited Dallas, they took her to Hollywood to become an actress, but when they discovered her real age, they sent her home, telling her to come back when she turned fifteen.
At the age of sixteen, in 1939, Linda Darnel became the youngest leading lady to ever appear in a Hollywood motion picture. Often called the lady with the perfect face, Linda Darnell appeared in 56 motion pictures and television episodes between 1939 and 1965.
Linda Darnell stars in this prison drama, but her co-star, veteran character actor Edgar Buchanan, steals the show. Edgar Buchanan is best remembered for his comic roles in television sit-coms like “Petticoat Junction.” Like Linda Darnell, his first motion picture appearance was also in 1939, but not in the same movie as Linda Darnell.
In this adventure, twenty-year-old Linda Darnell is Nancy Johnson, a school teacher in love with a man who is sent to prison. She visits him in prison and decides to stay in the small town near the prison so that she can be near him and help him fight for his freedom. She discovers that the town is full of women standing by their men who are serving time in the prison.
Edgar Buchanan is the town drunkard. He was a noted lawyer in the past, but now he lives for a bottle of booze, and nothing more. He earns his drinking money by convincing the ladies that he will work for their man’s release if they only give him some money. This leads to that and the house full of ladies that Linda Darnell lives in plans a daring prison escape for their men, and Linda Darnell’s man is the key to the escape. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Constance Worth and Glenda Farrell
Don DeFore, Glenda Farrell
Don DeFore, Leslie Brooks
Leslie Brooks, Glenda Farrell, Don DeFore
Doris Dudley, Linda Darnell
Edgar Buchanan, Linda Darnell
Jack Carr, Edgar Buchanan
Sheldon Leonard, Michael Duane
Linda Darnell, Jack Carr, Edgar Buchanan
Margaret Hamilton, Constance Worth
Michael Duane, James Flavin
Robert Homans, Michael Duane
Sara Allgood, Linda Darnell
Sara Allgood, Rosemary DeCamp