Young is on trail for her life and flashes back to the ways and means by which she came to be in this spot. Her police blotter shows the chronicle of a woman gone wrong and how she got there. She's a 10-year-old orphan who falls into bad company, getting mixed up with villain Cortez and his
gang, Hymer, Huber, Merkel, and Roth (a onetime MGM assistant director who took a job as an actor on this one). They plot to rob a posh private club where gambling and alcohol vie for popularity. Tone is the wealthy son of even wealthier parents, and he and Young are tossed together as Young tries
to go straight, then goes crooked, and ends up in Tone's arms at the end to forsake her evil ways. MIDNIGHT MARY was a hit in 1933, although, other than Young's performance, there is not much reason to see this film. Cortez is almost a parody of the bad guy and Tone is namby-pamby to the point of
being annoying. Devine, in one of his earliest efforts, already showed that he had a large career in front of him, as he provides the few good laughs in the picture. The story was by Anita Loos, who made her name writing about interesting females. Loos also wrote or collaborated on such
women-oriented movies as GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, THE FALL OF EVE, THE RED-HEADED WOMAN, BLONDIE OF THE FOLLIES, THE GIRL FROM MISSOURI, THE WOMEN, and on and on. Not one of Wellman's best, when you consider that he also directed PUBLIC ENEMY, BEAU GESTE, A STAR IS BORN, and THE OX-BOW INCIDENT.
Still, even Ty Cobb, who had the highest career batting average in the history of baseball, made an out almost six and a half times out of every 10 at-bats. And he was a Hall-of-Fame player. So was Wellman.
Cast & Details See all »
- Rating: NR
- Review: Young is on trail for her life and flashes back to the ways and means by which she came to be in this spot. Her police blotter shows the chronicle of a woman gone wrong and how she got there. She's a 10-year-old orphan who falls into bad company, getting m… (more)