Release dateMarch 15, 1944 (1944-03-15) Based onstory by Frederick C. Davis WriterFrederick C. Davis (original story: "Meet the Executioner"), Harry O. Hoyt (screenplay) CastJean Parker (Mary Kirk Logan), Lionel Atwill (Charles Finch), Douglas Fowley (Dr. Dwight 'Brad' Bradford), Marcia Mae Jones (Suzy Kirk Logan), Robert Middlemass (State's Attorney), Cy Kendall (Detective) GenresFilm noir, Drama, Prison film, Crime Fiction, Romance Film Similar moviesThe Final Alliance, Mysterious Intruder, Impact, Rhino, Tokolosh, The Green Mile
TaglineEven now I can hear preparations for my execution
Lady in the death house 1944 film noir drama
Lady in the Death House is a 1944 American film directed by Steve Sekely, starring Jean Parker and Lionel Atwill.
Mary Kirk Logan is led from her cell to the electric chair, to be "killed by the hand of the man I love."
A psychologist and criminologist, Charles Finch, tells her story. They first meet in a bar when Mary's dress catches fire. Dr. Bradford, having drinks with Finch, helps extinguish the fire. He takes Mary home and they fall in love.
Bradford is a scientist who hopes to develop a way to revive dead tissue. He works as an executioner for the state. Mary won't marry him unless he quits this profession.
A blackmailer is killed in Mary's apartment and she is arrested and tried. Her teenaged sister Suzy is the key to the case. Finch gets her to identify the real killer, but a race against time begins to find the governor so he can stop the execution. Bradford holds off the warden and guards until Finch can save the day.