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''Frisco Jenny'' (1932) is a [[UsefulNotes/ThePreCodeEra pre-code]] melodrama directed by Creator/WilliamAWellman, starring Ruth Chatterton and Louis Calhern.

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''Frisco Jenny'' (1932) is a [[UsefulNotes/ThePreCodeEra pre-code]] pre-Code]] melodrama directed by Creator/WilliamAWellman, starring Ruth Chatterton and Louis Calhern.


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''Frisco Jenny'' bears resemblance to another Chatterton vehicle called ''Madame X'' (1928), where a woman must give up her illegitimate son, and he ends up being her defense lawyer years later.

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''Frisco Jenny'' bears resemblance to another Chatterton vehicle called ''Madame X'' (1928), (1929), where a woman must give up her illegitimate son, and he ends up being her defense lawyer years later.


Pregnant and alone after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Jenny Sandolvar (Chatterton) tries her best to make ends meet for her son, Dan. Arrested for being implicated in a cover-up murder, Jenny gives Dan up to the prosperous Reynolds family to hide him from child services. However, she realizes he’d be better off without her, so she [[GiveHimANormalLife lets him stay with the Reynolds for good]].

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Pregnant and alone after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Jenny Sandolvar (Chatterton) tries her best to make ends meet for her son, Dan. Arrested But after being arrested for being implicated in part of a cover-up murder, Jenny gives Dan up to the prosperous Reynolds family to hide him from child services. However, she realizes he’d be he’s better off without her, so she [[GiveHimANormalLife lets him stay with the Reynolds for good]].


* TheLostLenore: GenderInverted: Dan Sr., Jenny's lover, is killed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.


* TheLostLenore: Dan Sr., Jenny's lover, is killed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

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* TheLostLenore: GenderInverted: Dan Sr., Jenny's lover, is killed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.


* SleazyPolitician: Tom Ford, the former District Attorney. Jenny and Steve bribe him with cigars and $10,000 inside the box.

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* SleazyPolitician: Tom Ford, the former District Attorney. Jenny and Steve bribe him with a box of cigars and $10,000 inside the box.box for an added bonus.


* NiceHat: There’s an array of fabulous hats on display.

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* NiceHat: There’s an array of fabulous hats on display.display, mostly worn by Jenny.


* DarkSecret: The fact that Jenny is Dan’s mother.

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* DarkSecret: The fact that Jenny is Dan’s mother. A secret that Jenny's willing to kill in order to conceal.



* TheLostLenore: Dan Sr. is killed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to Jenny’s despair.

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* TheLostLenore: Dan Sr. , Jenny's lover, is killed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to Jenny’s despair.earthquake.


20 years pass, and Jenny has watched Dan (Donald Cook) grow up into a prominent lawyer, who’s now running for District Attorney. She has kept her distance all these years to protect him, but her business partner, Steve Dutton (Calhern), gets caught running bootleg alcohol under Dan’s new no-corruption-policies, and Steve’s willing to expose the truth to Dan to avoid jailtime. Jenny [[MurderIsTheBestSolution kills Steve]], and in a strange twist of fate, Dan prosecutes her, sentencing her to death.

''Frisco Jenny'' bares resemblance to another Chatterton vehicle called, ''Madame X'' (1928), where a woman must give up her illegitimate son, and he ends up being her defense lawyer years later.

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20 Twenty years pass, and Jenny has watched Dan (Donald Cook) grow up into a prominent lawyer, who’s now running for District Attorney. district attorney. She has kept her distance all these years to protect him, but her business partner, Steve Dutton (Calhern), gets caught running bootleg alcohol under Dan’s new no-corruption-policies, no-corruption policies, and Steve’s willing to expose the truth to Dan to avoid jailtime.jail time. Jenny [[MurderIsTheBestSolution kills Steve]], and in a strange twist of fate, Dan prosecutes her, sentencing her to death.

''Frisco Jenny'' bares bears resemblance to another Chatterton vehicle called, called ''Madame X'' (1928), where a woman must give up her illegitimate son, and he ends up being her defense lawyer years later.



* AffectionatePickpocket: The women at the brothel is shown sitting on a drunk man's lap. While distracting him with a kiss, she steals his wallet from his breast pocket, takes the money out, puts the wallet back, then discreetly draws a little circle on his shoulder with a chalk (a sign to other pickpockets that he has no extra money to be fleeced).

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* AffectionatePickpocket: The women woman at the brothel is shown sitting on a drunk drunken man's lap. While distracting him with a kiss, she steals his wallet from his breast pocket, takes the money out, puts the wallet back, then discreetly draws a little circle on his shoulder with a chalk (a sign to other pickpockets that he has no extra money to be fleeced).



* DepartmentOfChildDisservices: Jenny decides to hide her Dan from Child Services because they want to take because she’s a madame.

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* DepartmentOfChildDisservices: Jenny decides to hide her Dan from Child Services because they want to take him because she’s a madame.madam.



* MySecretPregnancy: Being the early 20th century, Jenny has to hide her pregnancy from the world.

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* MySecretPregnancy: Being Since this is the early 20th century, Jenny has to hide her pregnancy from the world.


* DarkAndTroubledPast: Jenny’s life.

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: Jenny’s life.life: She loses her lover and father in the earthquake, gives up her son because he no longer knows his own mother, and continues a life a crime because it's the only thing she knows.



* DepartmentOfChildDisservices: Jenny decides to hide her son from Child Services since they wanted to take him away just because she’s a madame.

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* DepartmentOfChildDisservices: Jenny decides to hide her son Dan from Child Services since because they wanted want to take him away just because she’s a madame.


* AffectionatePickpocket: The women at the brothel pickpocket their clients while in amorous circumstances.

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* AffectionatePickpocket: The women at the brothel pickpocket their clients while in amorous circumstances.is shown sitting on a drunk man's lap. While distracting him with a kiss, she steals his wallet from his breast pocket, takes the money out, puts the wallet back, then discreetly draws a little circle on his shoulder with a chalk (a sign to other pickpockets that he has no extra money to be fleeced).


Bares resemblance to another Chatterton vehicle called, Madame X (1928), where a woman must give up her illegitimate son, and he ends up being her defense lawyer years later.

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Bares ''Frisco Jenny'' bares resemblance to another Chatterton vehicle called, Madame X ''Madame X'' (1928), where a woman must give up her illegitimate son, and he ends up being her defense lawyer years later.

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Bares resemblance to another Chatterton vehicle called, Madame X (1928), where a woman must give up her illegitimate son, and he ends up being her defense lawyer years later.

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