In the mood for a dose of unfiltered, high-octane Bette Davis? Check out Marked Woman, a bristling 1937 vehicle from her early Warners period. This one is loosely based on the Lucky Luciano saga, with maybe a few borrowings from Edna Ferber's Stage Door. Davis plays the feistiest of a group of clip-joint girls, who board together when they're not cutting a rug with clients (read: suckers) at a nightclub. Crusading district attorney Humphrey Bogart wants Davis to testify against mobster Eduardo Ciannelli, but the price would be high. Meanwhile, Bette's innocent little sister (Jane Bryan) comes to visit from college and gets more than she bargained for. The melodrama of the story is a blunt object, but you won't be able to keep your eyes off Davis, who spits and sparks like a young dragon. She's so electrically "on" that other actors sometimes look a little afraid of her. The film is true to the Warners spirit of surveying a lower tier of society, and the actresses who play the clip-joint girls have an earthy energy (Isabel Jewell is a standout). One of them is Mayo Methot, the tough-looking character actress who married Bogart shortly after the film's release. --Robert Horton
This was Bette Davis's first film after being suspended by Warner Brothers whereafter she fled to England, There was a sensational London trial. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2002 by Elaine Campbell
No one will ever accuse MARKED WOMAN of being a great movie, but it still can be a great movie melodrama. Read morePublished on July 3 2002 by Martin Asiner
Bette Davis stars as a nightclub "hostess" who gets mixed up with brutal crime boss Eduardo Ciannelli, an association that leads to tragedy for Davis. Read morePublished on May 3 2002 by James L.
That is what one movie poster gushed about the one and only Bette Davis, and this one have Ms. Davis in all her firecracker glory in spades. Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2000 by Kendrik Lau
In 1936, Bette Davis fled to England in a vain attempt to break away from her Warners contract (she was disillusioned and angrily frustrated at the trashy scripts she had been... Read morePublished on May 17 2000
This is a very interesting picture for Bogart fans. His soon-to-be 3rd wife, Mayo Methot, is one of the five "hostesses" featured in this movie, who will bring down... Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2000 by JAMES J CREMIN