City Girl (1938 film)

City Girl is a 1938 American crime film directed by Alfred L. Werker and written by Lester Ziffren, Frances Hyland and Robin Harris. The film stars Ricardo Cortez, Phyllis Brooks, Robert Wilcox, Douglas Fowley, Chick Chandler and Esther Muir. The film was released on January 7, 1938, by 20th Century Fox.[1][2][3]

City Girl
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlfred L. Werker
Produced bySol M. Wurtzel
Screenplay byLester Ziffren
Frances Hyland
Robin Harris
Story byRobin Harris
Frances Hyland
Lester Ziffren
StarringRicardo Cortez
Phyllis Brooks
Robert Wilcox
Douglas Fowley
Chick Chandler
Esther Muir
CinematographyHarry Jackson
Edited byNorman Colbert
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • January 7, 1938 (1938-01-07)
Running time
63 minutes
CountryUnited States


Bored with her life and with Don, her lawyer boyfriend, waitress Ellen Ward craves excitement. She accepts an invitation from Ritchie and Mike, a couple of petty crooks, and ends up giving them an alibi for a crime. Ritchie rewards her with $100.

Ellen catches the eye racketeer Charles Blake, irking his moll Vivian, who attacks her with a pair of scissors. Ellen shoots her in self-defense. Ellen is badly injured and has her face radically altered by plastic surgery. Don becomes an assistant district attorney and helps an investigation into Blake's activities, with Ellen, no longer recognizable, working undercover. Blake is about to shoot Don when, at the last instant, Ellen steps between them and is killed.



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