Ladies of the Big House

Ladies of the Big House is a 1931 American pre-Code drama film directed by Marion Gering and written by Ernest Booth, William Slavens McNutt and Grover Jones. The film stars Sylvia Sidney, Gene Raymond, Wynne Gibson, Earle Foxe, Rockliffe Fellowes, Purnell Pratt and Frank Sheridan. The film was released on December 26, 1931, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

Ladies of the Big House
Directed byMarion Gering
Screenplay byErnest Booth
William Slavens McNutt
Grover Jones
StarringSylvia Sidney
Gene Raymond
Wynne Gibson
Earle Foxe
Rockliffe Fellowes
Purnell Pratt
Frank Sheridan
CinematographyJohn Leipold
Edited byDavid Abel
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 26, 1931 (1931-12-26)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited States


Young florist Kathleen Storm (Sylvia Sidney) is instantly the object of desire of a young man standing in front of the shopwindow, where she is arranging flowers. They have two wonderful weeks in their life together before they marry. The same day her criminal ex-boyfriend Kid Athens (Earle Foxe), who heard about her wedding, decides to frame her and her new husband. She and her husband Standish (Gene Raymond) end up in prison. He is sentenced to death penalty on a charge of murder and she to a life sentence. In prison she meets a woman, Susie Thompson (Wynne Gibson), that was Kid Athens girlfriend before her, who after an initial raging jealousy ends up helping her to tell the authorities the truth about Kid Athens and she and her husband's innocence. Justice wins and the couple can finally have a honeymoon on a ship.


See also


  1. "Movie Review - Ladies of the Big House - Women in Prison. -". Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  2. "Ladies of the Big House (1931) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 21 February 2015.

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