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Allotment Wives (1945)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 8 November 1945 (USA)
Story of women who marry GIs just so they can receive the soldiers' pay and their life insurance if they are killed in action.

Director:

William Nigh

Writers:

Harvey Gates (screenplay) (as Harvey H. Gates), Sidney Sutherland (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Francis ... Sheila Seymour
Paul Kelly ... Col. Pete Martin
Otto Kruger ... Whitey Colton
Gertrude Michael ... Gladys Smith
Teala Loring ... Connie Seymour
Bernard Nedell ... Spike Malone
Anthony Warde ... Joe Agnew
Matty Fain Matty Fain ... Louie Moranto
Jonathan Hale ... Brig. Gen. H.N. Gilbert
Selmer Jackson ... Deacon Sam
Terry Frost ... George Shields
Reid Kilpatrick ... Philip Van Brook
Doris Lloyd ... Alice Van Brook
Marcelle Corday ... Madame Gaston
Evelyn Eaton Evelyn Eaton ... Ann Farley
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Story of women who marry GIs just so they can receive the soldiers' pay and their life insurance if they are killed in action.

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Taglines:

They're Pretty To Look At . . . But POISON To Love! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Wednesday 1 March 1950 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). See more »

Quotes

Sheila Seymour: [last words as she dies after having been shot] Nice shooting.
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GREAT NOIR -- GRITTIER THAN MILDRED PIERCE
7 March 2003 | by sobaokSee all my reviews

Many film buffs consider this the best of Kay Francis' "Monogram Trilogy". It's a good companion piece for MILDRED PIERCE (also 1945) -- only ALLOTMENT WIVES has a harder edge -- Kay Francis is tougher, in a more complex role. She looks slim and stylish here as she leads a crime syndicate while fronting with a chic salon. The film is full of surprises and suspense. Excellent support comes from Teala Loring as Kay's troubled daughter who is kept from harms way at a private girls school. Their scenes together have a genuine feeling that allows sympathy for their situation and struggle. Kay's final scene on the staircase is a classic and her exit line is a memorable one. Gertrude Michael does a fine job as Kay's long lost friend out to do her no good. Her character throws more sympathy Kay's way even though Kay herself has a cold-blooded side in a losing "man's" game.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Allotment Wives, Inc. See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)| Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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