Lady Scarface (1941)

Genres - Crime, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller  |   Run Time - 66 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A partial remake of 1936's Wanted: Jane Turner, Lady Scarface is a seedy but entertaining tour de force for the great Judith Anderson. Embittered over the ugly facial scar which covers the left side of her face, a woman named Slade becomes a criminal mastermind. The cops have no idea that the elusive Slade is female, which enables her to move about freely without attracting attention. After a robbery-murder, Slade has her share of the loot mailed to her at a post-office box registered under the phony name of Mary Powell. When the real Mary Powell (Mildred Coles) receives the stolen loot in the mail, the fur-and the bullets-really begin to fly. Judith Anderson once explained that she accepted the starring role in Lady Scarface in hopes that the film would do for her what Little Caesar did for Edward G. Robinson. It didn't.

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revenge, accomplice [criminal], chase, criminal, detective, disfigurement, gangster, help, investigation, killing, lady, lawyer, leader, mob-boss, murder, outlaw [Western], police, robbery, scar, search, tracking [following], woman