Directed by Lloyd Bacon • 1937 • United States
Starring Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lola Lane
No one rats on mobster Johnny Vanning. That’s the message delivered to every would-be stoolie when Vanning’s henchmen slash a gangland insignia on Mary Dwight’s face. The real-life saga of sex workers whose testimony put Lucky Luciano behind bars inspired MARKED WOMAN. Bette Davis, sinking her claws into her first role after a legal fight for better projects, plays the courageous Mary. In a rare thirties good-guy turn, Humphrey Bogart costars as a crusading prosecutor. And versatile Lloyd Bacon directs this most unusual of Depression-era gangster films, one centered not on the crime lord or the DA, but on women victimized by the mob.