Crime Queens: Outlaw Women in Film 1930 – 1950 – Episode 6

Our sixth episode focuses on the women who turn to crime out of desperation, no femme fatales here, just real women swapping the mop for a gun. We reference our third episode on the Pre-codes (wherein women used their sexuality to gain social mobility} to women now turning to crime to climb out of poverty. The films we discuss include Paid (1930), Ladies They Talk About (1933), Blondie Johnson (1933), Gun Crazy (1950) and Caged (1950).

In keeping with our crime theme we devote some quality time to the fabulous Robert Mitchum in our He’s a Keeper segment.

Crime Queens: Outlaw Women in Film 1930 – 1950 – Episode 6 by Any Ladle’s Sweet

Our sixth episode focuses on the women who turn to crime out of desperation, no femme fatale’s here, just real women swapping the mop for a gun. We reference our third episode on the Pre-codes (wherein women used their sexuality to gain social mobility} to women now turning to crime to climb out of poverty.

Sources:
Blondie Johnson (1933) Dir. Ray Enright [DVD] Warner Bros.
Caged (1950) Dir. John Cromwell [DVD] Warner Bros.
Cape Fear (1962) Dir. J. Lee Thompson [DVD] Universal.
Gun Crazy (1950) Dir. Joseph H. Lewis [DVD] United Artists.
Jaggar, A. M., & Bordo, S. (1989). Gender/body/knowledge: Feminist reconstructions of being and knowing. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press.
Ladies They Talk About (1933) Dir. Howard Bretherton and William Keighley [DVD] Warner Bros.
Out of the Past (1947) Dir. Jacques Tourneur [DVD] RKO.
Paid (1930) Dir. Sam Wood [DVD] MGM.
Russell, J. (1985) Jane Russell: An Autobiography London: Sidgwick & Jackson.
The Lusty Men (1952) Dir. Nicholas Ray [DVD] RKO.
The Night of the Hunter (1955) Dir. Charles Laughton [DVD] United Artists.
Thirteen Women (1932) Dir. George Archainbaud [Internet Archive] RKO.
Brainy Broads essay from Smart Chicks on Screen, Sheri Chinen Biesen

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