Fighting Lady (1935)

Run Time - 50 min.  |  
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Poor Peggy Shannon goes from bad to worse in this ultra-cheap melodrama from one of Hollywood's few women executives, Fanchon Royer. A lowly but ambitious secretary, Dora (Shannon), marries wealthy Jimmy Hanford (Edward Woods), but Jimmy's society mother (Betty Blythe) quickly ruins the relationship. Dora then takes up with aging libertine "Breck" Breckenridge (Edward Earle), falls in love with handsome George Davis (Jack Mulhall), and goes on a cruise. George asks her to marry him and she agrees despite warnings that she is once again marrying "out of her class." The union, needless to say, fails miserably and George returns to his erstwhile and more suitable fiancée, Sally Newton (Marion Lessing). Jimmy, meanwhile, has fallen on hard times and commits suicide. In his will, Dora is left 50 dollars, "for services rendered," and the resulting scandal forces her to divorce George.