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Flaxy Martin (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 15 February 1949 (USA)
Mob attorney Walter Colby is manipulated by showgirl Flaxy Martin into taking the rap for a murder committed by mobster Hap Richie's goons but he escapes and tries to get revenge.

Director:

Richard L. Bare (as Richard Bare)

Writer:

David Lang
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Virginia Mayo ... Flaxy Martin
Zachary Scott ... Walter Colby
Dorothy Malone ... Nora Carson
Tom D'Andrea ... Sam Malko
Helen Westcott ... Peggy Farrar
Douglas Kennedy ... Hap Richie
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Roper
Douglas Fowley ... Max, Detective
Monte Blue ... Joe, Detective
Jack Overman ... Caesar
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Storyline

Unscrupulous showgirl Flaxy Martin involves young attorney Walter Colby with mobster Hap Richie. A girl is murdered, with the evidence pointing to Flaxy, and Colby takes the rap and gets a 20 year sentence. San Malko gives Colby the clue to the real killer and, en route to prison, he escapes and is found by Nora Carson who shelters him. After escaping from one of Richie's gunmen, Walter heads for Flaxy's apartment, where she admits she double-crossed him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A girl with a heart of ice!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smart Money See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Tucson Tuesday 31 July 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9), in Columbus Wednesday 1 August 1956 on WTVN (Channel 6), in Cincinnati Saturday 4 August 1956 on WKRC (Channel 12), in Los Angeles Tuesday 14 August 1956 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Phoenix Monday 27 August 1956 on KVAR (Channel 12), in Miami Tuesday 11 September 1956 on WTVJ (Channel 4), in Indianapolis Saturday 15 September 1956 on WFBM (Channel 6), and in Boston Friday 28 September 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4). See more »

Goofs

Roper and Caesar continually address Colby (a lawyer) as "Shamus." A shamus is a private eye; the word they meant to use is "shyster." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Remington Steele: Cast in Steele (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the piano in the apartment
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Glam Virginia Mayo Is One Bad Babe
2 December 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Odd little noir film with Virginia Mayo as the title character, a total conniving bitch! This must surely be Mayo's most unsympathetic character and shows that she was a better actress than we remember. She played so many "glamour" parts that we forget she could act.

Here she plays a moll working both sides of the fence. She's with a local racketeer (Douglas Kennedy) but also plays his lawyer (Zachary Scott) for a chump. Lots of murders here and there and plot twists aplenty.

Dorothy Malone plays the nice country girl, Tom D'Andrea is Sam the mechanic, Helen Westcott is the hapless Peggy, Elisha Cook plays the gunsel again, Marjorie Bennett is the nosy neighbor, Douglas Fowley is the detective, and Bill McLean is the hotel desk clerk.

Scott actually gets the most screen time because Mayo disappears while he has his country adventure and meets Malone. But everyone is good and works well together. While Malone is stuck in frilly frocks and aprons, Mayo does the glam bit and looks just great.

Aside from solid work from the trio of stars--Mayo, Scott, and Malone--D'Andrea and Westcott are very very good as well. For those of us who remember D'Andrea as the neighbor on The Life of Riley it's always pleasant to see what a good supporting actor he was. I'm not that familiar with Westcott but she is solid here as Peggy. And I always enjoy seeing Marjorie Bennett!!


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