Times Square Lady, 1935

This is my IMDB review of Times Square Lady:

RT1054MGM studios released two films with Robert Taylor early in 1935. Society Doctor, starring Chester Morris, Virginia Bruce and Robert Taylor premiered in January. “Times Square Lady” followed in March, starring Robert Taylor. Virginia Bruce and Pinky Tomlin. Lady is a solid gangster film, with a strong cast backing Taylor and Bruce. Isabel Jewell is Bruce’s wise-cracking sidekick, Nat Pendleton is his valet, Helen Twelvetrees his girl. The rest of the cast consists mostly of a wonderfully slimy bunch of crooks played by Jack Kramer, Henry Kolker, Raymond Hatton, Russell Hopton, Fred Kohler and Robert Elliott.

The plot is fairly straightforward. A wealthy promoter dies and his shady underlings assume they will take over his considerable holdings. To their surprise, the deceased had a RT6891daughter (Bruce) who is his sole heir. With a paternalism bordering on contempt, they plan to report to her that there is no money for her to inherit but they will take his properties off her hands for a fraction of their worth.

To convince her to sell, the crooks stage some incidents to demonstrate how bad it all is. Gang member Robert Taylor is assigned to charm the lady out of her holdings. Taylor manages a nightclub and this introduces a subplot involving singer/songwriter Pinky Tomlin, creator of such songs as “The Object of My Affection” and “What’s the Reason (I’m Not Pleasin’ You?).

Taylor frequently played dubious characters who find redemption in such films as Rogue RT4391Cop and Johnny Eager. Here he is saved by his love for Miss Bruce’s character. As happened not infrequently they were also a couple off screen.

The last quarter of the film is filled with action, car chases, fights, shootings and a lot of double crossing. The film moves quickly and benefits from comic relief by Tomlin, Pendleton and a cow named either Daisy or Bossy.

RT5144Robert Taylor is very young and very thin. The physical differences between the Taylor of “Times Square Lady” (filmed late 1934) and “His Brother’s Wife” (filmed in 1936) are striking. Nonetheless he is effective here, combining toughness with energy and humor. Bruce and Taylor have good chemistry together. The film was generally well received in its day, with the New York Times calling it “a bit of light divertissement.”

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About giraffe44

I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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7 Responses to Times Square Lady, 1935

  1. june says:

    Another fine synopsis. Whilst cleaning up my considerable film library, I found a VHS copy of Song of Russia, which I can no longer play due to lack of video player. Would be interested on your thoughts on this movie when you have the time.

  2. giraffe44 says:

    Thanks for the kind words. Song of Russia actually is one of the very few Taylor films I’ve never seen. I know he was very unhappy to be making it. I know what you mean about VHS tapes. I’ve got tons of them that I can’t play. Now I’m worried that everything will be Blu-Ray and I can’t play that.

    • june says:

      If you were able to get the tape transferred to DVD, I would be very happy to forward it to you. We do have those sort of facilities here (Australia) which you also probably have. I would rather give it to some one like you than have it expire over time. It was quite watchable the last time I viewed it a few years ago and should still be OK. I think it unlikely to ever be released on DVD. Let me know if you want it.
      Cheers, June

      • giraffe44 says:

        <td style="text-align: left;" align="left"; width="350" height="178" colspan="1" background="cid:top@a00599a5853712494a41a77791242b84"June.Thanks, that would be great unless you have a different format from us.  I know the UK has PAL but I’m not sure about Australia.JudithJudith Evans Hanhisalo

      • june says:

        Hi Judith, yes we have Pal here, but my recorder, which I no longer have, was able to play American tapes. I do not know if that would allow it to be played on American equipment. I offer to send it anyway and see what you can do. I have seen it many times, and enjoyed it regardless of its anti-political reputation and Bob’s regret in making it. I could look forward to you posting a review on Facebook if a conversion was posible. If you want to try it out, just let me have your address, your Facebook indicates you have retired to Florida, lucky you !

      • giraffe44 says:

        <td style="text-align: left;" align="left"; width="350" height="178" colspan="1" background="cid:top@8391c9beed314128b03db414ed47617d"June,In that case, please send the tape.  I don’t want to put my address on facebook so is there an e-mail I can use for you?JudithJudith Evans Hanhisalo

      • june says:

        Not a problem. I know we are Facebook friends but I would not be putting my address there either.
        You can contact me at sainter1@optusnet.com.au. I will update you when I have mailed it.
        Cheers, June

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