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Director  Ray Enright
Music director  Louis Silvers
Country  United States
5.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Action, Crime, Drama
Language  English
Scarlet Pages movie poster

Release date  September 28, 1930 (1930-09-28) (United States)
Based on  Scarlet Pages  by Samuel Shipman and John B. Hymer
Writer  Samuel Shipman (based on the stage play by), John B. Hymer (based on the stage play by), Walter Anthony (screen play)
Production  Warner Bros. Entertainment
Cast  Elsie Ferguson (Mary Bancroft), Marian Nixon (Nora Mason), John Halliday (John Remington), Grant Withers (Bob Lawrence), Daisy Belmore (Mrs. Kennedy), William B. Davidson (Jackson)
Similar movies  Related Ray Enright movies

Scarlet Pages is a 1930 all-talking pre-code American crime drama film with songs starring Elsie Ferguson and directed by Ray Enright. It was produced and distributed by First National Pictures, a subsidiary of Warner Bros.. The film stars Elsie Ferguson, John Halliday, Grant Withers and Marian Nixon. Scarlet Pages is based on a 1929 Broadway play of the same name that Ferguson also starred in. The film simultaneously marked the first time Ferguson appeared in a sound film and the last film she ever made.


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In the prologue to the film (taking place in 1911) we learn that, being unable to care for her baby, Mary Bancroft (Elsie Ferguson), had to give her up for adoption. Years later (in 1930), we find Bancroft as a successful female lawyer in New York. She refuses to marry District Attorney John Remington (John Halliday), because she doesn't want to tell him about her unfortunate past.

Bancroft and Remington go to a nightclub one night where Nora Mason (Marian Nixon) works as a singer and dancer. Nora Mason is actually Bancroft's biological daughter but neither of them knows it. Although Nora is tired of the work she is doing and wants to settle down and marry Robert Lawrence (Grant Withers), her adoptive "father" Dr. Henry Mason (played by Wilbur Mack) has other plans for her. Dr. Mason wants to sell Nora to Gregory Jackson (William B. Davidson), who promises to star Nora in a show that will bring in lots of money, as long as she gives herself to Jackson.

When Nora hears of this sordid deal from the lips of Dr. Mason, she kills him with a gun her adoptive "mother"(Charlotte Walker) has recently bought. Lawrence, with a friend who is an acquaintance of Bancroft's, goes to the office of Bancroft to ask her to defend Nora. At first reluctant, Bancroft finally decides to take the case. Nora at first refuses to tell the reasons for killing her adoptive father Dr. Mason until it comes out in court that she has been adopted. Nora then informs the jury the entire details of what had occurred prior to the murder; it is obliquely stated that she had been molested by Dr. Mason. When Bancroft finds out her client is actually her own daughter she passes out in court. Nora is acquitted and eventually forgives her real mother for abandoning her as a child.


  • Elsie Ferguson as Mary Bancroft
  • Marian Nixon as Nora Mason
  • John Halliday as District Attorney John Remington
  • Grant Withers as Robert Lawrence
  • Daisy Belmore as Miss Isobel Kennedy
  • William B. Davidson as Gregory Jackson
  • Jean Laverty as Carlotta Cortez
  • Wilbur Mack as Mr. Henry Mason
  • Charlotte Walker as Mrs. Mason
  • Neely Edwards as Barnes
  • Helen Ferguson as Miss Hutchinson (Mary's secretary)
  • Fred Kelsey as James Murphy
  • Songs

  • "I'm Walking on Air" Sung by Marian Nixon and Chorus (written by Archie Gottler and George W. Meyer)
  • Preservation

    The film survives intact and has been preserved from Associated Artists Productions (AAP/UA). It has been released on DVD by the Warner Archive Collection. A copy is held by the Library of Congress.


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