Held For Murder melodrama
Movie Lover: Laura Demilio
Pittsburgh, PA US
-- August, 9, 2005
This period talkie somehow reminds me of "Millie", a popular Helen Twelvetrees film of the previous year (1931), based on a novel of the same name. The best scene of all is when the mother is on death row - it never occurred to me that in those days condemmed women had no place to be put but in the same prison for men; apparently there was no death row cell block for women prisoners about to be executed? Then where did they put Ruth Snyder? (a notorious 1920's murderess who was electrocuted in the chair).
This movie was little slow-moving in parts, and the daughter was crudely whiney and bimbo-ish, but it's an apt little creaky melodrama. PS: All these low-budget Depression-era thrillers are reviewed and discussed in the re-released book about Poverty Row studios; a must-read if you like collecting these kind of movies.