Wicked (1931)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama, Prison Film  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Wicked stars Elissa Landi as Margot Rande, a basically decent woman led down the path to perdition by her bank-robber husband Tony (Theodore Von Eltz). When Tony is cornered by the police, Margot tries to protect him, shooting a policeman in the process. Sentenced to a 20-year prison term, the ladylike heroine is subjected to all manner of brutality and humiliation behind bars. Scott Burrows (Victor McLaglen), Margot's former sweetheart, hires an attorney to help reduce her sentence, but in the meantime she has given birth to a child, which is promptly snatched from her arms and put up for adoption. Upon her release, Margot desperately kidnaps her own baby, leading to further courtroom entanglements before a happy (or at least satisfactory) ending can be reached. It's positively miraculous that director Alan Dwan was able to squeeze all of Wicked into a mere 57 minutes.

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accident, child, escape, killing, police, pregnancy, prison, reunion, robbery, search