Danger, Women at Work (August 23, 1943)

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Patsy Kelly in Danger, Women at Work
 

Released on August 23, 1943: Three war time girls inherit a ten ton truck and decide to go into the trucking business.

Directed by Sam Newfield

The Actors: Patsy Kelly (Terry Olsen), Mary Brian (Pert), Isabel Jewell (Marie), Wanda McKay (Doris Bendix), Betty Compson (Madame Sappho), Cobina Wright Sr. (Regina), Addison Randall (Danny), Warren Hymer (Pete Dugan), Vince Barnett (Benny), Michael Kirk (Tommy), Lester Dorr (Toby, desk clerk), Forrest Taylor (hitchiker), Herb Vigran (unknown), Gary Bruce (Duke Edwards), Jack Ingram (henchman), I. Stanford Jolley (Dave Watson), Lew Kelly (passenger), Charles King (policeman giving the driving test), Pierce Lyden (henchman).

 

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Road Trip with 3 Crazy Dames

J. Howard Miller was an artist working for the Westinghouse company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1942, and was asked to create several posters that would boost the morale of the female Westinghouse employees that were doing work traditionally only done by men because so many of the working men had enlisted to fight in World War II. His most famous picture was of a girl wearing a red polka-dot head scarf and a serious, determined look on her face. She is rolling up her shirt sleeve and 'making a muscle' with a text balloon that says, 'We Can Do It!' This now-famous picture illustrates how important it was for women to leave their traditional place as homemaker and take over many jobs that were always considered 'for men only.' This historic movement of women into the traditionally male workplace continues to this day, as I recently discovered that now for the first time ever women in the U.S. military will be integrated into front line tip-of-the-sword fighting positions. This adventure from 1943 was probably produced to help sway the minds of both the women needed and the men that they would need to work beside. Female comic Patsy Kelly inherits a ten ton truck from a long lost uncle, and her two roommates, cab driver Mary Brian and gas station attendant Isabel Jewell, help her start a trucking business. Their first trip is from Los Angeles to Las Vegas carrying gambling equipment for a local casino operator. Along the way they are chased by motorcycle cops, criminals after the gambling equipment and a loan officer chasing them to impound the truck. That isn't enough for this crazy road trip, so along the way they pick up three hitchhiking girls. Their first passenger is a lady with amnesia who has no clue who she is, and seems a bit daffy. The next gal they pick up is a crystal ball mystic, played by veteran actress Betty Compson. The last girl they pick up is a runaway wealthy heiress. Their one day trip to Vegas becomes an overnighter when they discover that they are in a war 'dim' area - they cannot drive at night with bright headlights because of the war - an enemy might spot their lights and open fire or something. That's the basics, the delicious details you can discover for yourself as you watch these women at work. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Mary Brian, Isabel Jewell and Patsy Kelly
Mary Brian, Isabel Jewell and Patsy Kelly
Addison Randall and Mary Brian
Addison Randall and Mary Brian
Charles King with the three girls
Charles King is in fear of his life after taking Patsy Kelly for her truck driving test.s
Cobina Wright Sr, Betty Compson, Wanda McKay and Isabel Jewell in the back of the truck
Cobina Wright Sr, Betty Compson, Wanda McKay and Isabel Jewell in the back of the truck
Cobina Wright Sr. as Regina
Cobina Wright Sr. as Regina
Cobina Wright Sr.
Cobina Wright Sr. in the back of the truck
Forrest Taylor and Patsy Kelly
Forrest Taylor and Patsy Kelly
Forrest Taylor in Danger, Women at Work
Forrest Taylor in Danger, Women at Work
Gary Bruce and Patsy Kelly
Gary Bruce and Patsy Kelly
Gary Bruce as Duke Edwards
Gary Bruce as Duke Edwards
I. Stanford Jolley and the fat man
I. Stanford Jolley and the fat man
I. Stanford Jolley as Dave Watson, craps shooter
I. Stanford Jolley as Dave Watson, craps shooter
Isabel Jewell as Marie, gas station attendant
Isabel Jewell as Marie, gas station attendant
Lester Dorr, Cobina Wright Sr. and Betty Compson
Lester Dorr, Cobina Wright Sr. and Betty Compson
Lester Dorr and 'Sam' in Danger, Women at Work
Lester Dorr and 'Sam' in Danger, Women at Work
Mary Brian and Patsy Kelly watch the craps game
Mary Brian and Patsy Kelly watch the craps game
Mary Brian and Patsy Kelly in the truck on the way to Las Vegas
Mary Brian and Patsy Kelly in the truck on the way to Las Vegas
Mary Brian as cab driver Pert
Mary Brian as cab driver Pert
Michael Kirk and Wanda McKay
Michael Kirk and Wanda McKay
Michael Kirk as Tommy
Michael Kirk as Tommy
Patsy Kelly as Terry Olsen, inherits a ten ton truck
Patsy Kelly as Terry Olsen, inherits a ten ton truck
Patsy Kelly driving her ten ton truck
Patsy Kelly driving her ten ton truck
the ten ton truck that Patsy Kelly inherits
the ten ton truck that Patsy Kelly inherits
Wanda McKay and Michael Kirk kiss when they meet in court
Wanda McKay and Michael Kirk kiss when they meet in court
Wanda McKay as wealthy Doris Bendix
Wanda McKay as wealthy Doris Bendix
Warren Hymer and Patsy Kelly in Danger, Women at Work
Warren Hymer and Patsy Kelly in Danger, Women at Work
Warren Hymer teaches Patsy Kelly how to drive a ten ton truck
Warren Hymer teaches Patsy Kelly how to drive a ten ton truck