Frankie and Johnnie (1935)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 68 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Sandra Brennan

This low-budget musical drama is based on the famous song and tells the story of Frankie, a cat-house singer (famed singer Helen Morgan), and the naive country boy Johnny who comes to St. Louis to seek his fortune. They fall in love and marry. Unfortunately, the country boy learns fast and soon begins fooling around with the sexy Nellie Bly. It is a tragic mistake, for when Frankie tires of his philandering she opts to stop Johnny with a bullet. Before she can do the deed though, another beats her to it. The fact that this picture was shelved for two years explains the presence of Lilyan Tashman, who died in the interim.



brothel, con/scam, death, extramarital-affair, gambling, jealousy, killing, love, marriage, prostitute/prostitution, shoot-out, house, love-triangle, maniac, release, songwriter