There weren't too many actresses who were better at playing the victim than Sylvia Sidney. In this, one of five films she made under director Gering's aegis, Sidney is Mary Richards (oddly, that was the name Mary Tyler Moore used for her TV show), who had been known as "Baby Face Mary"
when she was part of a con game with her husband, Harrigan, who is still in the slammer as the picture opens. Sidney is just getting out of prison on a rainy day when she hops into a cab driven by Raft, just to get out of the downpour. She can't afford to take the taxi anywhere but he feels sorry
for her and lets her stay at his apartment that night without making any demands, sexual or otherwise. He comes home the following day after working and is happy and surprised to see that this attractive jailbird did not steal a thing from his residence. Some months pass and the two of them fall
in love, but they can't cement it permanently because she is still the wife of Harrigan, who is languishing in jail. Sidney, a smart cookie, convinces Raft to give up the cab job and move to the suburbs. Since he has a great knowledge of automobiles, he opens a garage and is on the way to turning
himself into a successful mechanic. Their love flourishes and all seems well until Bond, a local society type with the scruples of an alley cat, comes on the scene and begins to vamp Raft. He starts to run around with Bond, and faithful Sidney is distraught over his behavior. But since she has no
legal hold on him, she is powerless to remove from his eyes the stars he sees when he looks at Bond. Harrigan breaks out of jail, and Sidney learns that he's looking for her. Since she doesn't want to put Raft in jeopardy, she races away. Harrigan is captured, and Sidney is brought to trial,
falsely charged as an accessory to the jailbreak. She is cleared of any complicity, her marriage to Harrigan is annulled, Raft has come to his senses and realizes that Sidney is the woman for him, and they decide to make it a marriage. In one of his earliest roles, Raft was still unsure of
himself, especially in the unaccustomed white hat of the "good guy," and Sidney, who had been in movies for years, acted rings around him.
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